Complex systems of mindful entities: on intention recognition and commitment

Luís Moniz Pereira, The Anh Han, Francisco C. Santos

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    The mechanisms of emergence and evolution of cooperation in populations of abstract individuals with diverse behavioural strategies in co-presence have been undergoing mathematical study via Evolutionary Game Theory, inspired in part on Evolutionary Psychology. Their systematic study resorts as well to implementation and simulation techniques, thus enabling the study of aforesaid mechanisms under a variety of conditions, parameters, and alternative virtual games. The theoretical and experimental results have continually been surprising, rewarding, and promising. Recently, in our own work we have initiated the introduction, in such groups of individuals, of cognitive abilities inspired on techniques and theories of Artificial Intelligence, namely those pertaining to both Intention Recognition and to Commitment (separately and jointly), encompassing errors in decision-making and communication noise. As a result, both the emergence and stability of cooperation become reinforced comparatively to the absence of such cognitive abilities. This holds separately for Intention Recognition and for Commitment, and even more when they are engaged jointly. The present paper aims to sensitize the reader to these Evolutionary Game Theory based studies and issues, which are accruing in importance for the modelling of minds with machines, with impact on our understanding of the evolution of mutual tolerance and cooperation. In doing so, it also provides a coherent bird’s-eye view of our own varied recent work, whose more technical details and results are spread throughout a number of well recognized publishing venues, and to which we refer the reader for a fuller support of our claims where felt necessary.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationModel-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology - Theoretical and Cognitive Issues
    EditorsLorenzo Magnani
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Print)9783642374272
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
    EventInternational Conference on Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology: Theoretical and Cognitive Issues - Sestri Levante, Italy
    Duration: 21 Jun 201223 Jun 2012

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
    ISSN (Print)2192-6255
    ISSN (Electronic)2192-6263


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology
    Abbreviated titleMBR 2012
    CitySestri Levante


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