Self-aware intelligent agents in the prisoner's dilemma

Chung Yuan Huang*, Sheng Wen Wang, Chuen-Tsai Sun

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Abstract

Self-aware individuals are more likely to consider whether their actions are appropriate in terms of public self-consciousness, and to use that information to execute behaviors that match external standards and/or expectations. The learning concepts through which individuals monitor themselves have generally been overlooked by artificial intelligence researchers. Here we report on our attempt to integrate a self-awareness mechanism into an agent's learning architecture. Specifically, we describe (a) our proposal for a self-aware agent model that includes an external learning mechanism and internal cognitive capacity with super-ego and ego characteristics; and (b) our application of a version of the iterated prisoner's dilemma representing conflicts between the public good and private interests to analyze the effects of self-awareness on an agent's individual performance and cooperative behavior. Our results indicate that self-aware agents that consider public self-consciousness utilize rational analysis in a manner that promotes cooperative behavior and supports faster societal movement toward stability. We found that a small number of self-aware agents are sufficient for improving social benefits and resolving problems associated with collective irrational behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 International Conference on Future Computer Sciences and Application, ICFCSA 2011
Pages127-131
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2011
Event2011 International Conference on Future Computer Sciences and Application, ICFCSA 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 18 Jun 201119 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2011 International Conference on Future Computer Sciences and Application, ICFCSA 2011

Conference

Conference2011 International Conference on Future Computer Sciences and Application, ICFCSA 2011
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period18/06/1119/06/11

Keywords

  • Cellular automata
  • Public self-consciousness
  • Self-aware agents
  • Small-world networks
  • Tit-for-tat strategy

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