Accountability for Practical Reasoning Agents

Stephen Cranefield, Nir Oren, Wamberto W. Vasconcelos

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Artificial intelligence has been increasing the autonomy of man-made
artefacts such as software agents, self-driving vehicles and military drones. This
increase in autonomy together with the ubiquity and impact of such artefacts in
our daily lives have raised many concerns in society. Initiatives such as transparent and ethical AI aim to allay fears of a “free for all” future where amoral technology (or technology amorally designed) will replace humans with terrible consequences. We discuss the notion of accountable autonomy, and explore this concept within the context of practical reasoning agents. We survey literature from distinct fields such as management, healthcare, policy-making, and others, and differentiate and relate concepts connected to accountability. We present a list of justified requirements for accountable software agents and discuss research questions stemming from these requirements. We also propose a preliminary formalisation of one core aspect of accountability: responsibility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgreement Technologies
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, AT 2018, Bergen, Norway, December 6-7, 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMarin Lujak
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030172947
ISBN (Print)9783030172930
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event6th International Conference on Agreement Technologies - University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Duration: 6 Dec 20187 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Agreement Technologies
Abbreviated titleAT 2018


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