The paper will describe a micro-social property, namely a module of an agent architecture, which is the immergent effect of norm-based regulation, and will illustrate how it allows for the recognition and conformity to existing norms, but also in at least one type of norm-innovation.
Internalization is at study in social-behavioural sciences and moral philosophy since long; of late, the debate was revamped within the rationality approach to the study of cooperation and compliance since internalization is a less costly and more reliable enforcement system than social control. But how does it work? So far, poor attention was paid to the… (More)
This paper describes the fundamental concepts of a social reasoning mechanism, designed to be part of an agent's internal model, in a multi-agent systems (MAS) context. It enables an agent to reason about the others using information about their goals, actions, resources and plans. Every agent stores this information in a data structure called external… (More)
In this paper, we present an abstract structure called dependence graph, an extension of the notion of dependence network, as proposed in . While this latter can be applied to express a set of dependence relations of a single agent, this new structure can be applied to the multi-agent case. It can be used, therefore, for the study of emerging social… (More)
This paper introduces Repage, a computational system that adopts a cognitive theory of reputation. We propose a fundamental difference between image and reputation, which suggests a way out from the paradox of sociality, i.e. the trade-off between agents' autonomy and their need to adapt to social environment. On one hand, agents are autonomous if they… (More)