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Different Forms of Responsibility in Multiagent Systems: Sociotechnical Characteristics and Requirements

Different Forms of Responsibility in Multiagent Systems: Sociotechnical Characteristics and Requirements
Different Forms of Responsibility in Multiagent Systems: Sociotechnical Characteristics and Requirements

Ensuring trustworthy performance of autonomous agents and multiagent systems (MAS) requires computational methods and formal tools to support reasoning about different forms of responsibility. In particular, such tools are needed to support identifying agents or agent groups that are responsible, blameworthy, accountable, or sanctionable for outcomes of collective decisions, for fulfilling tasks, or for adhering to norms and social values. As a step toward developing computational frameworks to represent, reason about, and distinguish these forms of responsibility in MAS, for the first time, we present sociotechnical characteristics of these notions of responsibility, identify their requirements, and discuss their applicability for coordinating MAS and ensuring their trustworthiness. This is a step toward establishing a research agenda on how computational techniques for reasoning about and distinguishing different forms of responsibility contribute to the transformation toward ethical and trustworthy autonomous systems.

Accidents, Artificial intelligence, Cognition, Internet, Multi-agent systems, Task analysis, Tools
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Yazdanpanah, Vahid
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Gerding, Enrico
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Yazdanpanah, Vahid, Gerding, Enrico, Stein, Sebastian, Cirstea, Corina, schraefel, m.c., Norman, Timothy and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2021) Different Forms of Responsibility in Multiagent Systems: Sociotechnical Characteristics and Requirements. IEEE Internet Computing, 25 (6), 15-22. (doi:10.1109/MIC.2021.3107334).

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Ensuring trustworthy performance of autonomous agents and multiagent systems (MAS) requires computational methods and formal tools to support reasoning about different forms of responsibility. In particular, such tools are needed to support identifying agents or agent groups that are responsible, blameworthy, accountable, or sanctionable for outcomes of collective decisions, for fulfilling tasks, or for adhering to norms and social values. As a step toward developing computational frameworks to represent, reason about, and distinguish these forms of responsibility in MAS, for the first time, we present sociotechnical characteristics of these notions of responsibility, identify their requirements, and discuss their applicability for coordinating MAS and ensuring their trustworthiness. This is a step toward establishing a research agenda on how computational techniques for reasoning about and distinguishing different forms of responsibility contribute to the transformation toward ethical and trustworthy autonomous systems.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 August 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 September 2021
Published date: 2 September 2021
Additional Information: Funding Information: This work was supported by the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub (EP/V00784X/1), the platform grant ?AutoTrust: Designing a Human-Centred Trusted, Secure, Intelligent and Usable Internet of Vehicles? (EP/R029563/1), and a Turing AI Fellowship (EP/V022067/1). Publisher Copyright: © 1997-2012 IEEE.
Keywords: Accidents, Artificial intelligence, Cognition, Internet, Multi-agent systems, Task analysis, Tools

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/451817
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ORCID for Vahid Yazdanpanah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4468-6193
ORCID for Enrico Gerding: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7200-552X
ORCID for Sebastian Stein: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2858-8857
ORCID for Timothy Norman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6387-4034

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Date deposited: 28 Oct 2021 16:34
Last modified: 24 Jun 2022 01:59

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Author: Vahid Yazdanpanah ORCID iD
Author: Enrico Gerding ORCID iD
Author: Sebastian Stein ORCID iD
Author: Corina Cirstea
Author: m.c. schraefel
Author: Timothy Norman ORCID iD
Author: Nicholas R. Jennings

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