Human Cognition and Social Agent Technology is written for readers who are curious about what human (social) cognition is, and whether and how advanced software programs or robots can become social agents. Topics addressed in 16 peer-reviewed chapters by researchers at the forefront of agent research include: Narrative intelligence and implementations of story-telling systems, socially situated avatars and 'conscious' software agents, cognitive architectures for socially intelligent agents, agents with emotions, design issues for interactive systems, artificial life agents, contributions to agent design from artistic practice, and a Cognitive Technology view on living with socially intelligent agents. The book addresses both software and robotic agents. On the one hand justice is done to the scientific and technical aspects, and on the other hand the reader will learn about pioneering technological developments which are necessary for a public discourse and critical evaluation on where social agent technology is leading us and how such a development can be shaped in order to meet the social, cultural and cognitive needs of humans.
The book is suitable for students, researchers, and everyone interested in this emerging and quickly growing field, it does not require any specialist background knowledge. (Series B)
1. About the Editor; 2. List of Contributors; 3. Introduction (by Dautenhahn, Kerstin); 4. 1. Narrative Intelligence (by Sengers, Phoebe); 5. 2. Digital Augmentation of Keepsake Objects: A Place for Interaction of Memory, Story, and Self (by Glos, Jennifer Williamson); 6. 3. Children as Designers of Interactive Storytellers "Let me tell you a story about myself..." (by Bers, Marina Umaschi); 7. 4. Autonomous Synthetic Computer Characters as Personal Representatives (by Cook, Linda); 8. 5. "Conscious" and Conceptual Learning in a Socially Situated Agent (by Bogner, Myles); 9. 6. Emotionally Grounded Social Interaction (by Canamero, Dolores); 10. 7. Architectural Requirements for Human-Like Agents Both Natural and Artificial: What sorts of machines can love? (by Sloman, Aaron); 11. 8. Connecting Reflection and Action: A Heterogeneous Multi-Agent Model (by Aylett, Ruth); 12. 9. The Role of Evaluation in Cognition and Social Interaction (by Miceli, Maria); 13. 10. The Ontogeny of the Social Self. Towards a Formal Computational Theory (by Werner, Eric); 14. 11. Computational Embodiment: Agents as Constructed Complex Systems (by Landauer, Christopher); 15. 12. Are We Having Fun Yet? Using Social Agents in Social Domains (by Foner, Leonard N.); 16. 13. The Emergence of Personality: How to Create Souls from Cells (by Grand, Steve); 17. 14. Machine-Mediated Communication: Agents of Representation (by Vorn, Bill); 18. 15. Agents as Artworks and Agent Design as Artistic Practice (by Penny, Simon); 19. 16. Living with Socially Intelligent Agents: A Cognitive Technology view (by Dautenhahn, Kerstin); 20. Subject Index; 21. Name Index