What Issue Should Your Virtual Butler Solve Next?

  • Stefan Rank
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7407)


In this chapter, a scenario-based analysis of the guiding vision of a virtual butler is presented. After introducing the concept of scenario-based analysis for comparing agent-based technology design, we use the characterization of the scenario hinted at in the vision document to discuss several technological issues that arise from it. By disregarding non-technical issues, we arrive at problems (or rather challenges) of technology in a wide sense that could be steps in the direction of the virtual butler. The order of presentation of these challenges is based on a subjective estimation of the complexity involved in arriving at the competence required for a virtual butler.


Multiagent System Agent Architecture Conversational Agent Behaviour Coordination Embody Conversational Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Rank
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  1. 1.Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI)ViennaAustria

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