Dynamic imputation of agent cognition

H. Van Dyke Parunak, S. A. Brueckner

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People can interact much more readily with a multi-agent system if they can understand it in cognitive terms. Modem work on "BDI agents" emphasizes explicit representation of cognitive attributes in the design and construction of a single agent, but transferring these concepts to a community is not straightforward. In addition, there are single-agent cases in which this approach cannot yield the desired perspicuity, including fine-grained agents without explicit internal representation of cognitive attributes, and agents whose inner structures are not accessible. We draw together two vintage lines of agent be imputed externally to a system irrespective of its internal structure, and the insight from situated automata that dynamical systems offer a well-defined semantics for cognition. We demonstrate this approach in both single agent and multi agent examples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgents and Computational Autonomy
Subtitle of host publicationPotential, Risks, and Solutions
EditorsM Nickles, M Rovatsos, G Weiss
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science

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ID number: ISIP:000223492900017


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