The Need for Culturally Adaptive Agent Behavior

Patricia O'Neill-Brown

An important factor which must be considered in designing knowledge strategies or knowledge representation schemes for modeling initiative is that agents are being developed by people whom are part of different cultures whom have different conceptions of approaches to negotiation and what the rules of the game for negotiation are. Specifically, how control or changes in initiative are manifested in the interaction; how taking initiative affects how agents will interpret another agent’s actions; and how they choose an appropriate response, are in part, culturally defined. Agent developers ought to equip their agents with subroutines based on cultural models of negotiating behaviors which will provide them with negotiating strategies to draw upon in order to assist them in successfully communicating and collaborating with other agents to achieve desired outcomes.

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