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Socially Intelligent Agents and The Primate Social Brain Towards a Science of Social Minds
Kerstin Dautenhahn Adaptive Systems Research Group Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences University of Hertfordshire Hatfield, Herts ALl0 9AB, United Kingdom K. [email protected] http : //homepages.feis. herts,ac. uk/~comqkd
Introduction: Socially Intelligent Agents - The Humanin the Loop
This article puts research on socially intelligent agents (SIA) in the broader context of how humans (and other primates) perceive and interact with the social world. Phylogenetic (evolutionary) and ontogenetic (developmental) issues are discussed with respect the social origin of primate and human intelligence and human culture. Implications for designing artifacts and for the evolvability of humansocieties are outlined. A theory of empathy is presented that is based on current research on the primate social brain. research projects that investigate some of these issues are reviewed. I argue that Socially Intelligent Agents (SIA) research, although strongly linked software and robotic engineering, goes beyond a Software Engineering paradigm: it can potentially serve as a paradigm for a science of social minds. A systematic and experimental investigation of human social minds and the way humans perceive the social world can result in truly social artifacts, that are integrated in humansociety. "Once there lived a robot called Rob, he was made by a mad professor called Brain-Box on Jan the 3rd 2,000,000 in Germany. Everybody thought it was brilliant and on Jan 30th the same year it ran away and it ran away to England and terrorised England people looked to see who or what had done it. The robot had killed someone and taken her brain they got the police out and they looked into it the police didn't know who or what had done it. One day someone called Tod saw Rob and called the police to come and get Rob but when the police cam Rob had gone. Tod got a fine for supposedly lying to the police. The next year the police had still not found Rob. Sometime in the last year Rob had fallen o~ something and he was found in pieces in a junk yard. Somepeople phoned the police the police came out and he had gone. The village dug a massive pit to try and catch Rob. Now Rob was as high as siz houses he was eating a lot o/junk metal. One day rob was walking along and he fell in the pit, the people found him in the pit and he was killed." (Christopher, 9 years old, (BD99)).
As Reeves and Nass have shown (RN96) humans tend to treat computers (and media in general) as peo-
ple. I believe that this 'media equation' (media equals
real life) is particularly relevant for socially intelli-
gent agents (SIA's) research with the 'human in the
loop', namely studying the relationship between so-
cially intelligent agents and humansas designers, users~ observers, assistants, collaborators, competitors, cus-
tomers, or friends. In order to acknowledge the 'hu-
man in the loop' I suggested in (Dan98) a list of design
guidelines for SIA technology, identifying the following roles of humans and suggesting that a balanced de-
sign of socially intelligent agents need to address these
roles: Humans are embodied agents, humans are ac-
tive agents, humans are individuals, humans are social
beings, humans are storytellers,
humans are anima-
tors, humans are autobiographic agents, humans are
observers. Not unsurprisingly, SIA research is more
than other agent research strongly inspired and mo-
tivated by findings outside software engineering and Computer Science, in particular the humanities, so-
cial sciences, and natural sciences. As such, SIA research is different from the field of agent-based com-
puting research that views agents primarily as a sob-
ware engineering paradigm (cf. (JSW98), (WJK00)).
In contrast, SIA research benefits from viewing agents
in the larger picture of autonomous agents as defined
by Franklin and Graesser ((FG97)): "An autonomous
agent is a system situated within and a part of the en-
vironment that senses that environment and acts on it, over time, in pursuit of its own agenda and so as to
affect what it senses in the future". This definition is very attractive since it applies easily both to natural
and artificial systems. Franklin and Graesser (F097)
also propose a natural kinds taxonomy of agents~ dis-
tinguishing between biological, robotic and computa-
tional agents as instances of the class of autonomous
agents. In a different paper Stan Franklin argues for the stud), of autonomousagents as embodiedArtificial Intelligence (Fra97) 1. I believe that this was an important step, namely viewing (autonomous) agents vehicles and subjects for the investigation of artificial (and human)intelligence, and in this paper I like to ar- gue that socially intelligent agents can similarly serve as tools and vehicles for the study of artificial (and human) social minds. Socially Intelligent Agents research is concerned with agents and human-agent interactions whereby the agents showaspects of human-style social intelligence. Socially intelligent agents are biological or artificial agents that show elements of (humanstyle) social intelligence. The term artificial social intelligence refers then to an instantiation of human-stylesocial intelligence in artificial agents. (Dau98) Social intelligence can be natural (humans) or artificial (computational or robotic agents), but within the context of human-style social interaction and behaviour. Please note that social intelligence in this sense does not makeclaims on howintelligent the agent needs to be: often simple strategies can be socially very effective! Although SIA research is primarily interested in human-style behaviour and interactions, humansocial intelligence has a history, both evolutionary as well as developmental. Below I therefore discuss a few findings from primatology and developmental psychology and their implications for SIA research. The social, ethical, cultural, as well as cognitive implications of SIA technology are important issues to consider. Even on the level of the individual human, interactions with SIA's can influence a humanbeings attitudes, behaviour and minds, and in this way empower as well as manipulate humans (see discussion in (ND00). In (Fog99) B.J. Fogg discusses computers as persuasive technologies. In contrast to other nonpersuasive technologies, "persuasive computing technology is a computing system, device, or application intentionally designed to change a person's attitudes or behaviour in a predetermined way." Furthermore, 1 Embodimenist here consideredas 'embodiedin the sit- uated sense of being autonomousagents structurally coupled with their environment'.In this sense software agents can be as embodiedas robotic and biological agents. Tom Quickdevelopeda definition of embodimenbtased on structural coupling and mutual perturbation between an agent and its environment,a definition that applies to different kinds of systems, including autonomousagents, and which allows to measuredifferent degrees of embodimenqtuantitatively (QDNR99b),(QDNR99a),(QDNR99c).
Fogg calls the study of planned persuasive effects of computer technologies captology. Figure 1 shows the functional triad of computer persuasion. Following Fogg's terminology SIA's might fall under the category of 'social actors', where agents can adopt animate characteristics, play animate roles, and follow social dynamicsfor the purpose of creating relationships with humansand invoke social responses. In this sense, SIA's are persuasive technologies and therefore issues of design, credibility (TF99), and ethics of persuasive technology (BN99) also apply to SIA's technology, particular to the newgeneration of highly interactive 'social' software and robotic agents, manyof themdes2c.ribed in this volume and elsewhere. Social Actor Creates relationships
Tool Increases abilities
Medium Provides experience
Figure 1: The functional triad of computer persuasion, redrawn from (Fog99).
The Life-Like Agents Hypothesis As discussed in the previous section, SIA's are often designed to 'imitate' life. Basedon whatI called previ- ously the 'Life- Like Agents Hypothesis' this approach can be characterised as follows (Dan99c): 2Examplesof collections of articles on SIAresearch are: K.Dautenhahn, C. Numaoka(guest editors): "Socially Intelligent Agents", Special Issues of AppliedArtificial Intelligence, Vol12 (7-8), 1998,andVol13(3) 1999, K.Dautenhahn(2000) HumanCognition and Social Agent Technology, John Benjamins Publishing Company-,B. Edmondsand K. Dautenhahn(guest editors): Social Intelligence, special issue of Computationaland Mathematical Organisation Theory, 5(3), 1999, K. Dautenhahn(guest itor): SimulationModelsof Social Agents, special issue of AdaptiveBehaviour, 7(3-4), 1999
"Artificial social agents (robotic or software) which are supposed to interact with humans are most successfully designed by imitating life, i.e. making the agents mimic as closely as possible animals, in particular humans. This comprises both 'shallow' approaches focussing on the presentation and believability of the agents, as well as 'deep' architectures which attempt to model faithfully animal cognition and intelligence. Such lifelike agents are desirable since 1) The agents are supposed to act on behalf of or in collaboration with humans; they adopt roles and fulfill tasks normally done by humans, thus they require humanforms of (social) intelligence, 2) Users prefer to interact ideally with other humansand less ideally with human-like agents. Thus, life-like agents can naturally be integrated in human work and entertainment environment, e.g. as assistants or pets, and 3) Life-like agents can serve as models for the scientific investigation of animal behaviour and animal minds". Argument (3) is certainly valid and need not discussed here. However, arguments (1) and (2) not as straightforward as they seem. Designing lifelike agents that closely mimic human appearance or behaviour can unnecessarily restrict and narrow the apparent and actual functionality of an agent. Similarly, imagine mobile phones were designed so that they had the shape of old-fashioned dial-operated telephones. It then could be disturbing or at least puzzling for people to find out that the mobile phone might have more functionalities (e.g. sending and receiving email, browsing the Webetc.) than the original model. Thus, 'new' designs not imitating any other previously existing object might better suit a piece of technology that is combiningfunctionalities in a novel wayor has newfunctionalities. Asocial interface agent (e.g. in an e-commerce context) presented, with humanoid appearance and behaviour might have the advantage of evoking an initial feeling of 'familarity' in a human customer, but 1) humancustomer's are then likely to expect the agent to showother humancharacteristics and functionalities, humanknowledge, personality and other characteristics of humansin general (including that it understands jokes and possesses commonsense knowledge), and sales agents in particular, and 2) new or different functionalites that the real agent does not possess need to be integrated in a plausible wayin the agent's behaviour, without breaking the suspense of disbelief (Mat97) (see (ND00)for further discussion these issues).
Attitudes towards Socially Intelligent Agents: Anthropomorphism and Behaviour Reading According to the Social Intelligence Hypothesis, discussed in more detail below, the evolution of primate intelligence is linked with an increase of the complexity of primate social life ((BE98), (WE97)). The argument suggests that during the evolution of humanintelligence a transfer took place from social to non-social intelligence so that hominid primates could transfer their expertise from the social to the non-social domain (see review in (Gig97)). An interesting aspect of kind of transfer is given by Mithen (Mit96), who explains the evolution of anthropomorphic thinking with an accessibility betweenthe domainsof social intelligence and natural history intelligence so that "people could be thought of as animals, and animals could be thought of as people", (Mithen 1996, p. 224). The attribution of humanmotivation, characteristics, or behaviour to inanimate objects, animals or natural phenomena is usually called anthropomorphism (see The American HeritageQDictionary of the English Language). Anthropomorphism is often dismissed as a curiosity or unscientific phenomenonand only relatively few scientific work outside philosophy have experimentally addressed the issues of how and why people tend to adopt an intentional stance (Den71), (Den87), namely treating non-humam jects and animals as intentional objects (what seems to be based on the human mindreading or social competence system, see discussion below). It is often suggested that physical likeness, familiarity, phy- logeny and/or cultural stereotypes are important factors. Well knownis the study by Eddy et al. (EGP93) who investigated peoples tendency to anthropomorphise animals (see summary in (Wat97)). The study identified two primary mechanisms why people attribute similar experiences or cognitive abilities to animals, based on 1) the degree of physical similarity, and 2) the degree of an existing attachment bond (familiarity). Dogs and cats are more familiar to most people than frogs, primates are physically (and behaviourally) similar to humans. This study seems to support the above mentioned Li/e-Like Agents Hypothesis, namely that humanoid agents that look like humans should be more believable and successful as social interaction partners for humans than non-humanoid agents (assuming that humans mostly enjoy interacting with other humans). However, other evidence suggests that not physical similarity, but behaviour in context matters. Mitchell and Hamm(MH97) provided undergraduate students with narratives depicting different mammalianagents
(including humans) showing behaviour that suggested jealousy or deception. The students were then asked to answer questions on particular psychological characterisations of the agents. The narratives varied according to species, context in which an agent's behaviour occurred, and the degree of emphasis that the narrative was about a particular species of animal (or human). The behaviour was constant in all narratives. Mitchell and Hammfound that variations in context influenced the psychological characterisations, but variations in species and emphasis did not, i.e. the psychological characterisations of all species were almost always similar: "Nonscientists (and some scientists as well) apparently use a mammal'sbehaviorin-context (whether human or not) as evidence of its psychological nature, regardless of the mammal'sphysical similarity, familiarity, or phylogenetic closeness to humans, or the mammal'scultural stereotype; psychological terms are not used specifically for humans,but rather are depictive of behaviour-in-context". Interestingly, the notion that behaviour matters more than appearance in ascribing intentionality is supported by an experimental study published in 1944 (HS44) that convincingly demonstrates the effects of the 'intentional stance'. Here, humansubjects created elaborate narratives about intentional agents whenasked to describe movements of moving geometric shapes shown in a silent film. Other studies along research done by Mitchell and Hammand Heider and Simmel could confirm whether this also applies to non-mammaliananimals. A particular challenge would be to include computational and robotic agents in such studies. I suggest that behaviour-reading might apply also to inanimate objects such as robots. Every robotics researcher who has ever given a demonstration of autonomous mobile robots to a general audience can confirm how readily humans view robots as people, cf. (Bra84), (BD99). The importance of behaviour expression agent building has been recognised e.g. by Phoebe Sengets (Sen98), (Sen00). Her argument is that 'doing right thing' (the classical approach of AI approaches to agent control) needs to be complementedby paying attention to 'doing the thing right', in particular creating believable transitions between agent behaviours. Attitudes Towards Agents: A Case Study with Robots In (BD99) Kate Bumbyand Kerstin Dautenhahn investigated children's attitudes towards robots, a brief summary is given here. Wewere interested to find out how children interact and describe robots. Thirty eight children (ages seven to eleven, 21 males, 17 females, BC1socioeconomic category) were studied at
St. Margarets Junior School in Durham, UK. A number of working hypotheses were addressed with respect to howthe children portrayed robots. In three studies the children were asked a) to draw a picture of a robot, b) to write a story about the robot they had drawn. These studies were observational. The third study had the format of an informal, guided and filmed interview while the children were in a group interacting with two mobile robots (see figure 2) that were running in an environment with a lightsource. The robots were simple behaviour-based vehicles (Bra84). Figure 2: a) The experimental set up and the two autonomous, mobile fischertechnik robots, b) Drawings of 8-year and 9-year olds, (BD99). Results of study a (pictures) showe.g. that the children tend to give the robot humanoid faces. Figure 2 shows examples of a variety of drawings by 8/9-year olds, portraying robots. In study b (stories), one result wasthat the children tend to put the robots in familiar settings, doing familiar tasks. The robots were significantly often put in a social context. Studyc (interview) showed a clear tendency to anthropomorphise the robots, e.g. "I don't think it likes the light.". The children also often talked to the robots as if they were animals or small children. Other findings of this case study, e.g. with respect to attribution of gender or violence is reported in more detail in (BD99). This single case study cannot answer the question of how children in that age range in general think about robots, but the results give some indication that confirm findings along the lines of studies with computers (RN96).
S~ocieties of Social Animals
Swarm Intelligence: have Friends
Social Insects Don~t
The term 'societies' is generally applied both to human and other animal societies, including social insects. Social insects (e.g. termites, bees, ants) are very well studied and two important theoretical concepts are used to understand coordination in social insect societies, namelyself- organisation and stigmergy. Recently, models of swarmintelligence and their applications to problems like combinatorial optimisation and routing in communications networks have been studied extensively (BDT99). The concept stigmergy describes a class of mechanismsmediating animal-animal interactions, based on the description of insect behaviour as stimulus-response (S-R) sequences (even for solitary species). Stigmergy is based on indirect communication, communication via the environment, and an exampleof collective behaviour.
Primate Intelligence: Each Other
Getting to Know
In primate societies, and different from membersof social insect societies, an individual is not only socially situated (being part of and surrounded by a social environment) but also socially embedded (ED98) which means that the agent needs to pay attention to other agents and their interactions individually. Particularly humanprimates are specialised in predicting, manipulating and dealing with highly complex social dynamics (involving direct relationships as well as third-party relationships); they possess language as an effective meansof preserving group coherence, 'social grooming' (Dun93), (BD97) and communicate about themselves and others in terms of stories (Dau99b). Humansare not only dealing with very complex relationships but seem to have mental 'models' of themselves, others and the social world (cf. (Whi91), (BC95)). Humans, ferent fromsocial insects live in individualised societies (as do some other species of birds and mammals). increasingly complexsocial field and an increasing need to effectively communicatewith each other were likely to have been among the important constraints in the evolution of humanminds. .Minds are certainly attributed to membersof Homo sapiens (and as some evidence suggests several other hominid species might have existed with 'minds'), but other candidates exist amongmammals(e.g. nonhumanapes, dolphins, elephants) and birds (e.g. parrots and membersof the crow family). Interestingly, species which we describe as possessing a 'mind' are
3This section is based on (Dau00b).
all highly social. Eventhe 'solitary' life style of Pongo pygmaeus or orangutans, (who nevertheless seem to be highly social in their ability to recognise and interact with each other) is rather a secondary adaptation to particular environment which demandsa spatially 'distributed' social organisation. The Social Intelligence Hypothesis suggests that primate intelligence primarily evolved in adaptation to social complexity, i.e. in order to interpret, predict and manipulate conspecifics (see overview in (BE98), (WE97)). Thus, there two important aspects to humansociality: it served as an evolutionary constraint which led to an increase of brain size in primates, this in return led to an increased capacity to further develop social complexity. Although it is still unknownwhy hominids needed or chose to live in social groups, this feedback principle soon led to the development of highly sophisticated levels of organisation and control in humansocieties. In (Rus93) four levels of primate social organisation are discussed which might serve as models for the evolution of primate societies: a) the 'shrew'-type pre- primates: solitary, manyoffspring, insectivores, e.g. Purgatorius, a 70- million-year-old fossil, b) the 'mouse-lemur'-type primates: bush-living, nocturnal, strong mother-daughter bonding (stable matrilines), social learning (offspring learns from mother), solitary males and social groups of mothers and daughters, e.g. the 50-million-year-old fossil Shoshoniuscooperi, c) the 'Lemur catta'-type diurnal lemurs: appearing about 54 million years ago, social groups (troops), dominant females, submissive males, stable matrilines, occasionally consort bonds between single male and female, e.g. Adapidae, d) the 'chimpanzee'-type lemurape: appearing about 24 million years ago, groups of dominant males and submissive females, stable families of mothers and their offspring, male power coalitions, e.g. Dryopithecus. The social organisation of recent species of apes shows variations of this pattern: of harem-structures (gorilla), solitary lifestyle (orangutan). Such stages of social organisation can related to behavioural as well as cognitive capacities of primates. The terms 'theory of mind' and mindreading are usually used in order to discuss whether an animal is able to reflect on its ownmentalstates (e.g. desires, intentions and beliefs) and those of others. Researchers have studied whether humans might have particularly specialised in a theory of mind (PW78), (PP95a). ever, as Richard Byrne pointed out (Byr97), the Social Intelligence Hypothesis might account for the evolution of primate intelligence, but not for the specific human kind of intelligence. Here, narrative psychology and studies on the development of autobiographic memory
and a 'self' might offer an explanation: evidence suggests that 'stories' are the most efficient and natural human way to communicate, in particular to communicate about others (Brugl). Dennett (Den89) even gards the 'self' as a 'centre of narrative gravity'. Narrativity, the capacity to communicatein terms of stories is therefore regarded an efficient means to communicate social matters, and the origin of narratives might therefore have been a crucial milestone in the evolution of primate social intelligence (RM95). The Narrative Intelligence Hypothesis (Dau99b) proposes that the evolutionary origin of communicatingin stories was correlated with increasing social dynamics amongour humanancestors (see figure 3), in particular the necessity to communicateabout third-party relationships (which in humansreaches the highest degree of sophistication amongall apes, cf. gossip).
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Figure 3: Evolution of the Social Mind, modified from (Byr97), see text for explanation. A number of current research is devoted to building narrative software, virtual or physical environments (e.g. (GC97), (MMP99), (BC00), (BID+99), (MAD+00), (BBA+00)). Supporting human narrative intelligence is expected to impact human minds and our notions of sociality and what wecall our 'selves'. In parallel, investigations into autonomousstory-telling agents can result in agents (robotic or software) with genuine narrative minds, being able to tell us interesting stories, listen to and understand our stories, and make us laugh. A first attempt to a bottom-up approach to narrative intelligence for autonomousagents is described in (CD00), (DC00). The kind of stories these agents might tell us will be shaped by the social field and the cultural environment of humansocieties
in which these agents 'grow up'. Thus, it's up to us whether the stories of the future will be nightmares, fairy-tales, comedies or adventures. "Oncethey werea robot, that lived in the country. He cameto this cliff, he thoughtit wastoo steep for himto go downso he went downthe steps. He went onto the beach oh yeah the robot's nameis Shapedand Shaped wentto play in the sea andafter a few minuteshe fell to the ground andgot washedinto shore because the water has goneinto his body." (Becky- 8 years old, (BD99)). Primate Culture: We are not alone The terms anonymousand individualised societies are used in biology in order to describe two different types of social organisation. Social insects are the most prominent example of anonymous(eusocial) societies where group members do not recognise each other as individuals but rather as group member4s. Wedo not observe bees or termites searching for missing members of their colony. Although individuals adopt specific roles in a colony they do not show individuality or 'personality'. Thesituation is quite different in individualised so- cieties which primate societies belong among. Here we find complex recognition mechanisms of kin and group members. This gives rise to complex kinds of social interaction and the development of various forms of social relationships and networks. On the behavioural level long-lasting social bonding, attachment, alliances, dynamic(not genetically determined) hierarchies, social learning, developmentof traditions etc. are visible signs of individualised societies. In humans the evolution of language, culture and an elaborate cognitive system of mindreading and empathy are characteristics of humansocial intelligence in individualised societies (Dau97). As a consequence the latter, humans are not only paying attention to other agents and their interactions individually (interactions between distinct personalities), but they use their mental capacities to reason about other agents and social interactions. It is at present unclear to what extent the social intelligence of membersof other animal species, in particular very social species like elephants, Grey parrots, non-humanapes and cetaceans, is similar to or different from our own. Similarly, the issues of cultural and 'memetic' evolution is highly controversial. The concept of memes,first introduced by Dawkins(Daw76) comprises ideas, fashions, skills and other components of humanculture. Humanculture and the memetic transmission of knowledge, ideas 4Note that African naked mole-rats, mammals,show a eusocial organisation similar to social insects (SJAgl). Thus, the eusocial form of organisation has evolved independentlyin different taxa of animals.
and skills is often regarded unique to humansocieties. According to Donald's discussion of the evolution of culture and cognition (Don93) modern humans have three systems of memoryorganisation (mimetic skill, language and external symbols) not available to our primate relatives, and these 'inventive capacities' result in languages, gestures, social rituals, imagesetc. According to Tomasello et al. (TKR93)cultural learning is a uniquely humanform of social learning. Cultural learning requires three social-cognitive processes which emerge in human ontogeny: imitative learning, instructed learning (teaching) and collaborative learning. Similarly, Blackmore(Bla99) argues that only sophisticated forms of imitation which are characteristic of humansbut not non-humanprimates, were a necessary prerequisite for memetic replication which leads to human culture. Others argue that culture as such is unlikely to be a feature unique to humansocieties and that the acquisition of novel behaviours in 'proto-cultures' can be observed in animals. To give an example: traditions have been observed among troops of Japanese macaque monkeys (Huf96): Japanese macaques or Macaca fuscata showseveral examplesof the acquisition of innovative cultural behaviours, e.g. sweet potato washingand wheat-washing was invented in 1953 by a young female and subsequently spreading to older kin, siblings, and playmates, eventually to other membersof the troop. Other observed cultural behaviours are fish eating (as many newly acquired food sources initially spreading from peripheral males to adult females, then from older to younger individuals), and stone handling or stone play (initially spread only laterally amongindividuals of the same age). Subsequently all these behaviours were passed downfrom older to younger individuals in successive generations (tradition phase). These examples clearly show the influence of Social Networks on the transmission phase of novel behaviour: the nature of the behaviour and social networks determine how the behaviours are initially transmitted, depending on who is likely to be together in a certain context and therefore is exposed to the novel behaviour. Innovative behaviours of the kind described here have been independently observed at different sites. Various factors have been discussed which influence cultural transmission: environmental factors, gender, and age, and other social and biological Life History variables. For example. unlike potato or wheat washing, stone handling declines when individuals mature. With respect to cultural transmission in non-human apes, recent evaluations of long-term field studies of chimpanzees or Pan troglodytes give compelling evi- dence for cultural behavioural variants (traditions)
different chimpanzee communities, data which cannot be explained by ecological differences of the habitats, and comprising dozens of different behaviours including tool usage, grooming and courtship behaviours (WGM+99).Possibly the kind of mechanisms that are necessary for and support culture (e.g. cognitive mechanisms, language, imitation) might be different in different animal species. As Frans del Waal concludes (dW99): "The 'culture' label befits any species, such as the chimpanzee, in which one communitycan readily be distinguished from another by its unique suite of behavioural characteristics. Biologically speaking, humans have never been alone - now the same can be said of culture.". The striking similarity of cultural transmission of novel behaviour exhibited by Japanese macaque monkeys and chimpanzees and what we call human culture questions the uniqueness of humansocieties. Note that this behaviour is observed in monkeys, which do not showcomplexforms of social learning like imitation, and do not seem to possess higher-level 'cognitive' capacities necessary for complexsocial forms of 'primate politics' shown by non-human apes and humans. However, many non-human primates are very good social learners (widely using non-imitative forms of social learning, e.g. stimulus enhancementor social facilitation). Reader and Laland (RL99) therefore gue that the memeconcept can and should also be applied to cultural transmission amongnon-humananimals. Animal societies can appear in various forms. Humansocieties, humanculture and humanminds reflect in manyways their evolutionary origin in animal societies, animal culture and animal minds. Considering humanculture in an evolutionary context, linking it to precursors in non-humanprimate societies might help a better understanding of humanculture.
Implications Societies
for Evolvability
of Human
According to Kirschner and Gerhart evolvability can be defined as "the capacity to generate heritable phenotypic variation" (KG98). As outlined above, in primate non-humansocieties we already observe precursors of humanculture (e.g. social learning, traditions). For reasons still under dispute our human ancestors were required to deal with increasingly complexsocial dynamics. Mental capacities evolved which allowed the evolution of increasingly complexmechanismsof social control, which in return increased the complexity of primate societies. Based on what the previous sections discussed about primate societies and culture, the following requirements for mental capacities and social skills whichfa-
cilitated the evolution of primate culture are proposed: Ї Individualised societies: The capacity to identify and recognise individual group members. Ї Social Networks:the capacity to establish, maintain, rememberand utilise social networks. Three basic elements5 in the primate social field are: -Forming direct (one-to-one) relationships with group members -Identifying third-party relationships (relationships among other group members) - Recognition of conspecifics as membersin a group hierarchy/social structure (e.g. structures of kinship, allies, dominancehierarchies, etc.) Ї Efficient mechanismsof social bonding, either via physical grooming (in on-humanprimate societies) or via language and communication in narratives as efficient waysof 'social grooming', important for maintaining the coherence of social groups at different levels of social organisation. Ї Social learning: the capacity to use others as 'social tools' (as explained in (Dau95)), via social learning mechanisms with varying degrees of what the animals learn from each other (cf. social facilitation versus imitation) Thus, culture and other characteristics of humansocieties cannot be separated from specific environmental (including social) constraints and mental capacities which evolved as adaptations for dealing with such constraints. Specific adaptations then turned out to be prerequisites in the evolution of more sophisticated forms of primate societies and culture. Although new forms of media seem to substantially expand the social life of humans, even today the same mental capacities which were involved in the evolution of the human social animal now pose cognitive limits on the complexity and numberof social encounters. Our primate social brain has a limit on the numberof individuals who we can maintain direct social relationships with, namely relationships based on direct social knowledge (around 150), correlated with the relative size of the human neocortex (Dun93), (BD97). This figure can identified consistently in various ancient and present humancultures. This number is significantly larger, namely more than double that observed in any population of non-humanprimates. Unless drastic (technological) enhancements of humancognitive capacities are invented, this number could only be exceeded by 5This is not supposedto be an exhaustivelist.
inventing new, more efficient ways of "social grooming" (exceeding the communicative capacities of language). Another interesting issue discussed by Dunbar (Dun93), (BD97)is that language is 2.8 times more ficient as a mechanismof social bonding in comparison to physical grooming. The suggestion is therefore that humanconversational group sizes should be limited to about 3.8 (which meansone speaker and 2-3 listeners). Data on small group sizes confirm this hypothesis. I showedabove that biological evolution led to two distinctively different forms of social organisation in animal societies (anonymousand individualised societies). It appears that individualised societies were necessary (but not sufficient) prerequisite for the evolution of culture, providing a social environment which supported the evolution of complex forms of social learning (in particular imitation). The capacity for phenotypic, cultural evolution seems correlated with particular mental capacities and social skills (see list above) which facilitated the evolution of complexforms of primate societies and primate culture. Primate social behaviour is well studied, we know less about the social life and mental capacities of non-primate species (crows, parrots, cetaceans, elephants, and others). However, when searching for animal culture, highly social animals in individualised societies are good candidates. Ants don't imitate, they don't learn from each other, primates do. Memes, as the replicators of culture, seemto require 'a social host~, and memesare transmitted along social networks and depending on interactions its 'host' is engaged in. These seem to be the natural constraints under which culture is able to evolve in primate societies. The 'magic numbers' 150 and 3.8 indicate strong limitations and constraints for the future development of humansocieties. Systematic investigations that take these cognitive constraints into consideration could provide a ba- sis for social agent technology that meets the cognitive demands of human primates.
Social Robots in Rehabilitation:
Cs ase of Autism
Although we use the term autism throughout this paper it is more appropriate to use the term autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)which acknowledges the fact that autism occurs in differing degrees and in a variety of forms. The National Autistic Society (NAS00) lists the following triad of impairments: 1. Social interaction (difficulty with social relationships, for example appearing aloof and indifferent to other people,
6This section is based on (Dau00a).
inappropriate social interactions, inability to relate to others in a meaningful way, impaired capacity to understand other's feelings or mental states). 2. Social communication (difficulty with verbal and non-Verbal Communication, for example not really understanding the meaningof gestures, facial expressions or tone of voice). 3. Imagination (difficulty in the development of play and imagination, for example having a limited range of imaginative activities, possibly copied and pursued rigidly and repetitively). In addition to this triad, repetitive behaviour patterns and a resistance to change in routine can generally be observed, associated with a significantly reduced repertoire of activities and interests, stereotypical behaviour, and a tendency of fixation to stable environments. Depending on what is included in 'autism', rates of occurrence are given which range between 515 in 10000. Instead of a physical handicap which prevents people from physically interacting with the environment, people with autism have great difficulty in makingsense of the world, in particular the social world. Autism can but need not be accompanied by learning disabilities. At the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum we find people with Asperger Syndrome. Some of them manage to live independently as adults and to succeed in their profession, but only by learning and applying explicit rules in order to overcomethe 'social barrier' (Gra95), (GS96), (Sch97). Instead of picking up and interpreting social cues 'naturally' they can learn and memoriserules about what kind of behaviour is socially appropriate during interaction with non-autistic people. Autism is not, as has long been assumed in public, a voluntary decision to retract from the world: people with autism do not have the choice to live socially or not, the decision has been made for them. Twodifferent viewpoints exist on how to connect the autistic with the non- autistic world: either efforts are undertaken to teach people with autism the skills they need to survive in the world of 'normal' people, or it is suggested that they might be happier living separately in a world specifically designed for them. From all what we know about the way individuals with autism feel (see books written by Temple Grandin and others), they are painfully aware of their 'being different' from other people, and express the wish to be part of the 'world outside'. Accepting the differences, empowering people with autism, and linking their world with the world that non-autistic people are living in poses many challenges. In order to understand people with autism we have to understand better the causes of autism, and can find ways to empowerthem, including computer and robotic technology, so that they have the choice of whether and
to what extent they want to connect to the world of non-autistic people.
Brief project Description Work
and Related
The AURORAproject develops an autonomous, mobile robot as a therapeutic tool for children with autism (Dau99c), (WD99), (DW00). Conceptually, this proach is strongly related to SeymourPapert's constructionist approach towards learning (PapS0). Such an approach focuses on active exploration of the environment, namely improvisational, self-directed, 'playful' activities in appropriate learning environments ('contexts') which can be used as 'personal media'. the mid- 1960ies Papert and his colleagues at the MIT AI LABdeveloped the programming language LOGO which has been widely used in teaching children. A remote controlled device (a 'turtle' robot) was developed which is moving according to a set of LOGOinstructions, cf. the LEGO/LOGAOrtificial Life Toolkit for children (Res89). In 1976 Sylvia Weir and Ricky Emanuel (WE76) published research which used such a LOGOlearning environment to catalyse communication in an autistic child. Theyreport on their experience with a seven-year-old autistic boy and the positive effects of his explorations in controlling a LOGOturtle on his behaviour. A more recent approach using more interactive rather than remote-controlled technologyfor rehabilitation of autistic children is taken in the Affective Social Quotient (ASQ)project, (Blo99). Here, embedded technology is used to support autistic children in learning about social-emotional cues. Short 'emotionally charged' video clips are used together with a set of physical stuffed 'dolls' (embodying one emotional expression) through which the child can interact with the movies. By touching the doll the child can matcha doll with a video clip. A child can explore emotional situations by picking up dolls with certain emotions, or the system can prompt the child to pick up dolls that go with certain clips. A therapist is able to control and monitor the interactions. The system shows that human-intensive, repetitive aspects of existing behavioural therapy techniques can potentially be automated. In recent years the AURORpAroject described below and work by Francois Michaud (Michaud, this volume; (MCLL00), (MLL+00)) who develops interesting interactive robotic designs, is taking up this line of work. Since end of 1998 the project AURORA(AUtonomous RObotic platform as a Remedial tool for children with Autism) investigates how an autonomous mobile robot can be developed into a remedial tool in order to encourage children to be-
comeengagedin a variety of different interactions that possess features which are important elements of humansocial behaviour (eye-contact, joint-attention, approach, avoidance, following, imitation games etc.). The children who are interacting with the robot are between 8-12 years of age, including children who are non-verbal, i.e. they cannot use language or usually do not use language. In the rehabilitation of children with autism therapeutic issues (e.g. eye contact, joint attention, turn taking, reading mental states and emotions) are usually addressed in constrained teaching sessions (HBCH99).In contrast, robot-human interactions in the AURORpAroject are it unconstrained and unstructured, the children are allowed to interact with the robot in whatever body position they prefer (e.g. lying on the floor, crawling, standing, cf. figure 4, they are also free to chose howthey interact with the robot (touching, approaching, watching from a distance, picking it up etc.). Interference is only necessary if the child is about to damagethe robot or if the child (by pressing buttons) switches off the robot so that needs to be restarted. Such conditions are much different from other projects on robot-human interaction wtfich are based on structured and constrained set ups (e.g. KISMET,or the ROBOTAdolls, see this volume) where the human is expected to interact with the robot while adopting a particular position and orientation towards the robot (e.g. sitting face-to-face in close distance to an interactive robot that is not moving in space). The particular challenges faced in the AURORpAroject, in the broader context of rehabilitation, together with a more detailed discussion of therapeutical issues involved, is given in (WD99), (DW00).
Theoretical Hypotheses
Background and Working
The AURORAproject deliberately uses a nonhumanoid robot, based on the observation that children with autism prefer a predictable, stable environment and that many people with autism have difficulty interpreting facial expressions and other social cues in social interactions. Consequently, they often avoid social interactions since people appear unpredictable and confusing. Generally, using a robot as a remedial toy takes up the challenge of bridging the gap between the variety and unpredictability of human social behaviour (which often appears frightening to children with autism) and the predictability of repetitive and monotonous behaviour which children with autism prefer and which can be performed by mobile robots (see discussion in (Dan99c)). Wehypothesise that a child with autism 1) is sufficiently interested in
'playing' with an interactive autonomousrobot as it is used in the AURORpAroject, 2) the robot can engage the child in interactions which demonstrate important aspects of human-humaninteraction (e.g. eye-contact, turn-taking, imitation games), and 3) (as a long term therapeutic goal), while slowly increasing the robot's behaviour repertoire and the unpredictability of its actions and reactions, the robot can be used to guide the children towards more realistic and 'complex' forms of social interactions resembling human-humaninteraction. This approachis based on two areas of theoretical work, namely mindreading and interaction dynamics. These issues and their implications for the AURORA project are described in the following two sections. Mindreading Generally, humans are from an early age on attracted to self-propelled objects which are movingautonomously and seemingly with 'intention' (Dau97). (PP95b) a theory of humansocial competence is presented that consists of three units: the first unit (intentional system) identifies self- propelled movements in space and interprets them as intentional, engaged in goal-directed behaviour, such as escaping from confinement, making contact with another intentional object, overcominggravity (e.g. seeking to climb a hill). Animateand inanimate objects are distinguished since only animate objects can moveboth in space and time without the influence of other objects. Movementin place is interpreted as animate but not intentional. The second unit is the social system which specifies the changes that the intentional objects undergo. It allows to interpret relations e.g. as possession or group membership. The third unit is the theory of mind system, which outputs explanation, states of mind, perception, desire, belief, and its variations. Thesemental states are used to explain the actions. Premack and Premack's theory of human social competence shows great similarity with Baron-Cohen'ssuggestion of four mechanisms underlying the human mindreading system (BC95). The first mechanismis the intentionality detector that interprets motion stimuli (stimuli with self- propulsion and direction) in terms of the mental states of goal and desire. These primitive mental states are basic since they allow making sense of universal movementsof all animals, namely approach and avoidance, independent of the form or shape of the animal. The ID mechanism works through vision, touch and audition and interprets anything that moves with self-propelled motion or produces a non-random sound as an object with goals and desires. The second mechanism as part of Baron-Cohen's mindreading system is the eye-direction detector (EDD)which
works only through vision. The EDDdetects the presence of eye-like stimuli, detects the direction of eyes, and interprets gaze as seeing (attribution of perceptual states). This mechanismallows interpreting stimuli in terms of what an agent sees. ID and EDDrepresent dyadic relations (relations between two objects, agent and object or agent and self) such as 'Agent X wants Y: or 'Agent X sees Y', howeverthey not allow to establish the link between what another agent sees and wants and what the self sees and wants. Sharing perceptions and beliefs is beyondthe 'autistic universe', it requires the additional mechanisms SAM(sharedattention-mechanism, allows to build triadic representations: relations between an agent, the self, and a third object) and TOM(theory-of-mind mechanism). ID, EDD, SAMand TOMmake up a fully developed humanmindreading system as it exists in biologically normal children above the age of four. In normal development, from birth to about 9 months a child can only build dyadic representations based on ID and basic functions of EDD.Prom about 9 to 18 months SAM comeson board and allows triadic representations that makejoint attention possible. SAMlinks EDDand ID, so that eye direction can be read in terms of basic mental states. Prom about 18 to 48 months TOMcomes on board, triggered by SAM.The arrival of TOMis visible e.g. through pretend play. Note, that earlier mechanisms are not replaced by newer ones, they still continue to function. According to Simon- Baron's analysis children with autism possess ID and EDD. TOM is missing in all children with autism while some of thempossess SAM.Referring to this theoretical framework, the working hypotheses (section 2.4) studied the AURORpAroject clearly address the ID and EDD mechanisms. In the same way as biologically normal children above 4 years of age detect, are attracted to, and interpret autonomous, self-propelled objects such as robots as 'social agents', we hypothesise that children with autism can accept a mobile robot as a social agent. Interaction Dynamics The second strand of theories which the AURORA project is influenced by concerns interaction dynamics between babies and their caretakers as studied in developmental psychology, e.g. (Bu179), (UBKV89), (.Me196), (MM99).Amore detailed account of these sues in the general context of robot-humaninteraction, and their relevance in the AURORpAroject is given in (DW00), we can only present a brief summaryhere. Infants seemto detect specific temporal and structural aspects of infant-caretaker interaction dynamics. It is suggested that turn-taking and imitation games allow
Figure 4: An autistic boy playing with the Labo-1 mobile robot which was kindly donated by Applied AI Systems Inc. The child is not afraid to let the robot comephysically very close to his body, including the face. Figure 5: The child frequently 'reaches out' to the robot, 'testing' its front sensors and eliciting the robot's response to approach or avoid. After 20 minutes the teacher ended the interaction since the child had to go back to class. the infant 1) to identify people as opposed to other objects, and 2) to use the hke-me-test in order to distinguish between different persons. Motivated by this research we suggested a conceptual framework in order to classify different and increasingly complexdynamics in robot-human interactions (DW00). Within this framework, robot-human interactions in the AURORAproject are designed where synchronisation of movements, temporal coordination, and the emergence of imitation games are used as important mechanisms for making 'social contact' between the robot and the child. It is hoped that such an approach which focuses on interaction dynamics rather than cognitive reasoning mechanismscan incrementally facilitate and strengthen temporal aspects which are so fundamen-
tal to the development of social competence and the ability to socially interact with people (cf. (Hal83). AURORA: Preliminary Results Initial trials in the AURORpAroject stressed the individual nature of the specific needs of children with autism, but the), also showed that most children responded very well and with great interest to the autonomous robot, see figures 4, 5. In a recent series of comparative trials where the children were playing with the robot (condition 1) and also (separately) with a passive non-robotic toy (condition 2) children showedgreater interest in interactions with the robot than with the "nanimate' toy (quantitative data will be published in a forthcoming publication by Werry and Dautenhahn). Also, children often showed increased interest in the front part of the robot wherethe pyro-electric sensor is attached, a sensor with strongly eye-like features (eye- like shape, located at the distal end of the robot's preferred direction of movement, prominent position raised above the chassis, direction of the sensor changing according to 'gaze'). These observations seem to confirm our hypothesis that interactions in the AURORpAroject can successfully built on mechanismsof intentionality detection (ID mechanism) and eye-direction- detection (EDDmechanism). Please note that mobile robots are only seen as potentially one form of therapy, which might complement other forms of therapies (see review in (DW00)). interesting line for future research is to study the application of virtual environmentsfor children with autism, as discussed in (Dan00a). A particular problem we encounter in the AURORA project is that (with few exceptions) we cannot ask our subjects, the), do not give verbal feedback, techniques like interviews or questionnaires are impossible. This puts particular emphasis on the analysis of behaviour andinteraction. I believe that the field of socially intelligent agents has a huge potential in education, therapy and rehabilitation. However, new design and evaluation techniques and methodologies need to be developed (cf. (MJL00), (MAD+00). Empathy In (Dau97) (see also (Dau99a)) I discussed empathy a fundamental, experiential mechanism with humans use to bond and understand each other. Also, empathy can be considered as a meansof social learning via bonding with other people. According to Wispe empathy is a wayof 'knowing',as opposedto 'relating' which occurs in sympathy (Wis86). Brothers considers empath)- (Bro89) a biological phenomenon,an 'emotional communication' system that the human social brain
seemsto be specialised in (Bro97). Inspired by autism research and Barrett-Lennard's cyclic/phasic model of empathy, (BLS1), (BL93), I gested in (Dau97) and (Dau99a) to distinguish between two different mechanisms: a) empathic resonance, an immediate, direct way of re-experiencing, and b) biographical reconstruction, namely reading another persons mind by re-constructing the other's autobiographical context (whothat person is, where he comesfrom, what the relationship is with oneself, what behaviour might be expected etc.). Barrett-Lennard's empathy cycle is a process between two people, involving expressing and receiving empathy. hltersubjective experience Mind- % / Intersubjective experience Figure 6: A Theory of empathy based on issues discussed in this paper, see text for explanation. Recent experiments on empathic accuracy (the ability to read and understand reliably another person's intentions, beliefs, etc.), as well as neurophysiological experiments with monkeys point towards an exciting possibility howempathic resonance might actually be grounded in biological mechanisms: Neurons were found in area F5 of the monkey brain that discharge when the monkey grasps or manipulates objects, but also when the monkeyobserves an experimenter mak-
ing a similar gesture ((GFFR96), (RFGF98)). (Arb01) speculates that all primates (including mans) might share the mirror system as a neurobio- logical mechanismunderlying imitation (note that imitation can be shown for humans and other apes, but is difficult to confirm for monkeys,whoare neverthe- less good social learners, (VF01)). Someresearchers even suggest that the mirror system in F5 (analogous to Broca's area in humans, important for language), is 'grounding' language in gestures and body language (Arb01), (RA98). Although the findings of neurophysiological studies in monkeysneed to be confirmed for humans and further understood for all primates and non-primate animals, it is suggested that mirror neurons could be the basis for a simulation theory of empa- thy (GG98). Previously, in discussions on how people ascribe mental states to themselves and others, a simulation theory was opposed to a theory theory (Go192), (Got92). Supporters of the simulation theory favour a process of "putting oneself in the other's place', as opposed to (detached) reasoning about other's beliefs, emotions etc. The importance of the mirror system in this context is that (in support of the simulation theory) it could be nature's solution - at least in someprimates - to solving the correspondence problem for erapathy and creating intersubjective experience by creating a commonshared context and shared understanding of actions and affordances. Figure 6 shows mechanisms and processes which were discussed above and how they might fit into a theory of empathy. Here, two persons are linked via a commonsocial 'currency', namelyfacial expressions, body language, gestures, imitation games~interactions dynamics, spatial-temporal dynamics as they are are studied in proxemics (the stud)' of human's perception and use of space, cf. (Hal68) (Hal83)), etc. These are important automatic empathy that creates intersubjective experience and physiological synchrony (LR97). This is accompanied by a cognitive, controlled mechanism o/ empathy, a more deliberative inference making (HW97), what we called biographical reconstruction. The theory sketched in figure 6 needs to be confirmed by the discover), mirror neurons e.g. for facial expressions and other gestures, as speculated in (Bro97), p. 78. SimonBaron-Cohen's theory of mindreading nicely fits in this framework, as well as Mitchell and Hamm'dsiscussion of behaviour reading, see above. ID and EDD might (in normally developed humans) play a strong role in behaviour reading (although they do not seem to be necessary, since empathy does not rely on the visual channel alone, cf. blind people, oR Mitchell and Hamm'sstudy of behaviour reading with narratives (MH97)). TOMmight be part of controlled empathy,
reasoning about another person's beliefs, desires, goals, emotions etc. and biographical reconstruction. Empathydoes not only occur in face-to-face contact with another person, it can also be evoked by reading a book or watching a movie, i.e. without any feedback from the character/person we might empathise with. If I empathise with a human being (whether real, enacted, fictional or imagined) empathy is nevertheless based on my assumption that the other human is to some extent 'like me'. An important challenge is then to create empathic relationships with nonhumanartifacts. Here, as shownin figure 7 we cannot assume an 'understanding' from the artifact. However, our own behaviour-reading and expression mechanisms still work, and non-biological socially intelligent agents could exploit this, see (Dau95), (BDH98), (BS00), (BA00), and other research projects on social robots described in this volume and elsewhere. "'Social Currency" ? Figure 7: Empathising with agents? Quo Vadis ? I argued in this paper that Socially Intelligent Agents (SIA) research, although strongly linked to software and robotic engineering, goes beyond a software engineering paradigm: it can potentially serve as a
paradigm for a science of social minds. This paper gave some indications of a few research questions that I believe are important. A systematic and experimental investigation of human social minds and the way humans perceive the social world can result in truly social artifacts, socially intelligent agents that are integrated in human society, e.g. social robots that meet the cognitive and social needs of humans. Such social agents might become more and more similar to us, in ways which could even make it difficult to distinguish between them and human beings, cf. (Fon97), (Fon00), (Dau00c). "Oncethere was a robot called Jig Jag and Jig Jag lived in the countryside. One day Jig Jags lights started to flash, that meant that the robot had an idea. "I think I will go for a walk", so Jig Jag went into a field with somesheep in it and the silly robot tried to talk to the sheep, "Silly, silly, Jig Jag". Next Jig Jag saw some cows in the next field, so silly Jig Jag tried to talk to the cows! After that Jig Jag went to the shops, he wanted to buy some bolts and oil. So Jig Jag went into the hardwareshop, but poor Jig Jag set the alarm off. So Jig Jag went into another hardware store across the road. So the robot tried to get into the shop but again Jig Jag set the alarm off. So poor Jig Jag had to go home empty handed." (Lanren - 8 years old, (BD99)). Acknowledgements I like to thank Katherine Bumby and Iain Werry whose work is summarised in this paper and helped me to develop my ideas. The AURORAproject is supported by an EPSRC grant (GR/M62648). References Michael Arbib. The mirror system, imitation, and the evolution of language. In K. Dautenhahn and C. L. Nehaniv (Eds.), Imitation in Animals and Artifacts. MITPress (in press), 2001. Alan H. Bond and Matt Ashton. The robot as person. Workshopon Interactive Robotics and Entertainment (WIRE-2000), Pittsburgh, April 2000, 2000. Steve Benford, Benjamin B. Bederson, Karl-Petter Akesson, Victor Bayon, Allison Druin, Par Hansson, Juan Pablo Hourcade, Rob Ingram, Helen Neale, Claire O'Malley, Kristian T. Simsarian, Danae Stanton, Yngve Sundbald, and Gustav Taxen. Designing storytelling technologies to encourage collaboration between young children. Proc. CHI 2000, April 1-6, 2000, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2000. Simon Baron-Cohen. Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind. A Bradford Book, The MIT Press, Cambridge, London, 1995. M. Umaschi Bers and J. Cassell. Children as designers of interactive storytellers "let me tell you a story about myself". In Kerstin Dautenhahn, editor, HumanCognition and Social Agent Technology, chapter 16, pages 6183. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2000.
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