Affordances, Actionability, and Simulation

TitleAffordances, Actionability, and Simulation
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFeldman, J., & Narayanan S.
Other Numbers3684

The notion of affordances depends crucially on the actions available to an agent in context. When we add the expected utility of these actions in context, the result has been called actionability. There is increasing evidence that AI and Cognitive Science would benefit from shifting from a focus on abstract “truth” to treating actionability as the core issue for agents. Actionability also somewhat changes the traditional concerns of affordances to suggest a greater emphasis on active perception. An agent should also simulate (compute) the likely consequences of actions by itself or other agents. In a social situation, communication and language are important affordances.


This work was supported in part by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) through grant N000141110416. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors or originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of ONR or of the U.S. Government.

Bibliographic Notes

Presented at the First Workshop on Affordances: Affordances in Vision for Cognitive Robotics, held in conjunction with Robotics Science and Systems 2014 (RSS 2014), Berkeley, California

Abbreviated Authors

J. Feldman and S. Narayanan

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