Artificial Societies of Intelligent Agents

Fundacion Arturo Rosenblueth Unpublished Thesis

111 Pages Posted: 6 May 2003  

Carlos Gershenson

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Center Leo Apostel (CLEA)

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

In this thesis we present our work, where we developed artificial societies of intelligent agents, in order to understand and simulate adaptive behaviour and social processes. We obtain this in three parallel ways: First, we present a behaviours production system capable of reproducing a high number of properties of adaptive behaviour and of exhibiting emergent lower cognition. Second, we introduce a simple model for social action, obtaining emergent complex social processes from simple interactions of imitation and induction of behaviours in agents. And third, we present our approximation to a behaviours virtual laboratory, integrating our behaviours production system and our social action model in animats. In our behaviours virtual laboratory, the user can perform a wide variety of experiments, allowing him or her to test the properties of our behaviours production system and our social action model, and also to understand adaptive and social behaviour. It can be accessed and downloaded through the Internet. Before presenting our proposals, we make an introduction to artificial intelligence and behaviour-based systems, and also we give notions of complex systems and artificial societies. In the last chapter of the thesis, we present experiments carried out in our behaviours virtual laboratory showing the main properties of our behaviours production system, of our social action model, and of our behaviours virtual laboratory itself. Finally, we discuss about the understanding of adaptive behaviour as a path for understanding cognition and its evolution.

Keywords: artificial societies, virtual laboratory, imitation and induction

Suggested Citation

Gershenson, Carlos, Artificial Societies of Intelligent Agents (2001). Fundacion Arturo Rosenblueth Unpublished Thesis. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.371641

Carlos Gershenson (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) ( email )

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1160 Brussels
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