Heterogeneous BDI Agents I: Bold Agents

Maria Fasli, University of Essex, United Kingdom

One of the most interesting issues that arises in agents based on the BDI (belief-desire-intention) formalism is capturing notions of realism, that is constraints that describe possible interrelationships between the three attitudes. Three such sets of constraints have been considered in the literature: strong realism, realism and weak realism. In this paper we propose notions of realism for heterogeneous BDI agents and in particular we explore what we call bold agents. We interpret bold BDI agents as agents that are willing to take risks, and thus adopt intentions even though they may not believe in all respective accessible worlds that these are achievable.

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