Natural organ or artificial device able to register certain signals and to transform them into a code acceptable to the system.
The term, originally a biological one, was used by A. LOTKA (1956, p.363-5), but never entered in widespread use. J.G. MILLER uses the term "Input transducer", which he limits to the devices able to register elements of infomation.
According to A. LOTKA, the receptors are the initial elements of the devices he called "depictors", needed by systems to obtain a representation of their environment The receptors transmit the results of their perception to the "elaborators" (p.363-65).
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