Social Action in Socially Situated Agents


Chloe M. Barnes, Anikó Ekárt and Peter R. Lewis

Conference Details

2019 IEEE 13th International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO).

Umeå, Sweden.

16th-20th June 2019.


Two systems pursuing their own goals in a shared world can interact in ways that are not so explicit-such that the presence of another system alone can interfere with how one is able to achieve its own goals. Drawing inspiration from human psychology and the theory of social action, we propose the notion of employing social action in socially situated agents as a means of alleviating interference in interacting systems. Here we demonstrate that these specific issues of behavioural and evolutionary instability caused by the unintended consequences of interactions can be addressed with agents capable of a fusion of goal-rationality and traditional action, resulting in a stable society capable of achieving goals during the course of evolution.