Electronic Commerce is an Intriguing Domain for AI Learning Theory

Leona F. Fass

As a theoretician investigating behavioral modeling and learning we devise gedanken-experiments to analyze those EC systems that we daily employ. For positive EC learning we identify (potentially) successful constructive deployments. These might involve reactive agents with goal-oriented behavior, or the design of cooperating agents and federated agent systems that solve EC problem components (as needed) autonomously or interactively. For adversarial EC learning we describe correctable problems and perils detected in EC systems already deployed. We identify a need for adequate system testing; a need for protection-, back-up- and integrity-preserving agents; and security, privacy and legal issues that might be alleviated with the development of an appropriate browsing agent and a really smart cookie.

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