Neosymbiosis: How Humans and Software Benefit from Multi-Agent Cognitive Prosthesis

Russell Vane, Douglas Griffith

This paper discusses how Licklider’s idea of symbiosis can be implemented with software agents that sense, model, project/predict and judge; using the latest theories of decision making and cognitive psychology. Neosymbiosis addresses how humans aided by software might overcome their respective weaknesses synergistically. This paper explores how neosymbiosis delivered via a cognitive automaton (CogBot), a network of software agents, might handle surprising emergent phenomena. Particular care will be given to whether an agent (either human or software) is surprised versus whether a CogBot-enhanced observer is surprised by emergence. Finally, it considers scenario involving a community of knowledge workers intelligently augmented with CogBots while they adapt to emergent threats while attempting to achieve organizational objectives.

Subjects: 3. Automated Reasoning; 6. Computer-Human Interaction

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