Date: 16 Jan 2003

Multiple Society Organisations and Social Opacity: When Agents Play the Role of Observers

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Organisational models in MAS usually position agents as plain actors-observers within environments shared by multiple agents and organisational structures at different levels of granularity. In this article, we propose that the agents’ capacity to observe environments with heterogeneous models of other agents and societies can be enhanced if agents are positioned as socially opaque observers to other agents and organisational structures. To this end, we show that the delegation of the observation role to an artificial agent is facilitated with organisational models that circumscribe multiple opaque spaces of interaction at the same level of abstraction. In the context of the SimCog project [9], we exemplify how our model can be applied to artificial observation of multi-agent-based simulations.

Partially supported by FCT/PRAXIS XXI, Portugal, grant number BD/21595/99.
Partially supported by CNPq, Brazil, grant number 301041/95-4.