"(A system) that can respond differently to one or more different external or internal events in one or more different external or internal states and that can respond differently to a particular event in an unchanging environment until it produces a particular state (outcome)" (R.L. ACKOFF, 1972).
R.L. ACKOFF explains: "Production of this state is its goal. Thus such a system has a choice of behavior. A goal-seeking system is responsive, but not reactive. A state which is sufficient and thus deterministically causes a reaction cannot cause different reactions in the same environment" (Ibid).
Thus, a goal-seeking system is endowed with some measure of autonomy.
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