Identifying affordances for modelling second-order emergent phenomena with the WIT framework

Pablo Noriega, Jordi Sabater-Mir, Harko Verhagen, Julian Padget, Mark D’Inverno

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We explore a means to understand second order emergent social phenomena (EP2), that is, phenomena that involve groups of agents who reason and decide, specifically, about actions – theirs or others’ – that may affect the social environment where they interact with other agents. We propose to model such phenomena as socio-cognitive technical systems that involve, on one hand, agents that are imbued with social rationality (thus socio-cognitive) and, on the other hand, a social space where they interact. For that modelling we rely on the WIT framework that defines such socio-cognitive technical systems as a trinity of aspects (the social phenomenon, the simulation model and the implementation of that model). In this paper we centre our attention on the use of affordances as a useful construct to model socio-cognitive technical systems. We use the example of reputation emergence to illustrate our proposal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS 2017 Workshops Visionary Papers
EditorsGita Sukthankar, Juan Antonio Rodriguez
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71679-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71678-7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
PublisherSpringer International Publishing

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