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Using methods from computer science, anthropology and cultural studies, we present the principles of Izbushka, an intelligent agent being constructed with the goal of understanding interactions in heterogeneous multiagent systems, and observing emergent phenomena in such agent societies.
Fuzzy algebraic structures are a useful and flexible tool for modeling cognitive agents and their societies. In this article we propose a fuzzy algebraic framework where the valuating sets are other than the unit interval (lattices, partially ordered sets or relational structures). This provides for a flexible organization of the information gathered by the… (More)
Many in IT education—following on more than twenty years of multicultural critique and theory—have integrated " diversity " into their curricula. But while this is certainly laudable, there is an irony to the course " multiculturalism " has taken in the sciences in general. By submitting to a canon originating in the humanities and social sciences—no matter… (More)
Is it possible to build a conscious ma-chine? Is trying to design and build a conscious machine helpful to understanding the nature of consciousness? These questions have been at the core of AI since its beginnings. Recently there was an upsurge of interest in whether AI could address the issue of consciousness. The primary goal of the symposium was to… (More)
In this paper, we give an overview of the results of a Human-Robot Interaction experiment, in a near zero-context environment. We stimulate the formation of a network joining together human agents and non-human agents in order to examine emergent conditions and social actions. Human subjects, in teams of 3-4 are presented with a task: to coax a robot (by… (More)
This symposium brought together a number of researchers who are concerned with performance issues that robots face that depend, in some way, on sound. Many commercially marketed robotic platforms, as well as others that are moving from the laboratory into specialized public settings, already have rudimentary speech communication interfaces, and some are… (More)
This paper looks to the social science contributions to the Josiah Macy, Jr. conferences on cybernetics as in some ways anticipating the emergence of multi-agent systems composed of human and non-human agents, i.e., the ways in which we (as human agents) now live in tandem with increasingly intelligent and autonomous agents. By considering these systems in… (More)