Self-awareness and representation of the self are closely related concepts, but they refer to slightly different aspects of the cognitive architecture.
Self-awareness refers to the architecture’s ability to reflect on its own internal states and processes. This includes the ability to introspect, or to be aware of one’s own mental states, such as one’s own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Self-awareness also includes the ability to monitor and evaluate one’s own performance, such as by detecting and correcting errors.
Representation of the self, on the other hand, refers to the architecture’s ability to represent and reason about the self, including its own goals, intentions, and beliefs. This includes the ability to represent oneself as an agent with certain properties, such as beliefs, desires, and goals, and to reason about how these properties relate to the environment and the actions of the architecture.
In summary, self-awareness is the ability to reflect on one’s own internal states and processes, while representation of the self is the ability to represent oneself as an agent with certain properties, such as beliefs, desires, and goals. Both are important in a cognitive architecture as they allow the architecture to understand and reason about its own behavior and goals, which is crucial for creating a world model and adapt to the environment accordingly.