A Foundation for Strange Agent Negotiation

John Avery and John Yearwood

We define a strange agent as an agent with an ontology that is unknown, and possibly dissimilar, to another agent’s. Proposed here are the foundations for a protocol, which will enable strange agents to, via a process of negotiation, discover something of each other’s ontology’s and represent these ontologies within their own. The purpose of this discovery being to enable the agents to decide if they may be of use to each other, and in the case where they can, enabling the agents to make use of each other.

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