A dialectic architecture for computational autonomy

Mark Witkowski, Kostas Stathis

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This paper takes the view that to be considered autonomous, a software agent must possess the means by which to manage its own motivations and so arbitrate between competing internal goals. Using the motivational theories of Abraham Maslow as a starting point, we investigate the role that argumentation processes might play in balancing the many competing aspects of a whole agent's motivational agenda. This is developed into an Agent Argumentation Architecture (AAA) in which multiple "faculties" argue for different aspects of the total behavior of the Agent. The overall effect of these internal arguments then defines which actions the agent will select for expression, and so define the overt and observable "personality" of the agent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgents and Computational Autonomy
Subtitle of host publicationPotential, Risks, and Solutions
EditorsM Nickles, M Rovatsos, G Weiss
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Germany
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783540224778
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science

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ID number: ISIP:000223492900021


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