Civil Agent Societies: Tools for Inventing Open Agent-Mediated Electronic Marketplaces [chapter]

Chrysanthos Dellarocas, Mark Klein
2000 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
In the emerging model of 21st century electronic commerce, a variety of open agent marketplaces will be competing with one another for participants. The most successful marketplaces will be those that provide the best "quality of service" guarantees (in terms of security, fairness, efficiency, etc.), while meeting such challenges as agent heterogeneity, limited trust, and potential for systemic dysfunctions. Civil human societies provide a useful model for designing the infrastructure needed to
more » ... achieve these guarantees. Successful civil human societies build on well-designed "social contracts", i.e. agreed-upon constraints on agent behavior made in exchange for quality of service assurances backed up by social institutions. Civil Agent Societies can be defined in an analogous way. The objective of our work is to provide tools that help developers systematically explore the space of possible Civil Agent Societies, helping them invent the electronic marketplaces that work best for their intended purposes. We present a framework that captures the fundamental elements and processes of Civil Agent Societies and a methodology for designing, prototyping and evaluating a wide range of "civil" open marketplaces. We also discuss how these ideas are currently being applied to the design of open marketplaces of contract net agents, a useful abstraction of agent-mediated business-to-business e-commerce.
doi:10.1007/10720026_2 fatcat:t3xfkld7lbfzbkfcf2topr5ne4