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Machine Motivation

Societies of Autonomous Agents-
   these societies interact to carry out negotiations and contracts and perform other functions of their originators and so matters of "trust" and "reputation" have emerged as design considerations so that agents are able to most effectively operate in digital societies without being shunned or otherwise impeded in carrying out transactions.

This page will discuss motivation and emotions, machine style.  Programs are already motivated to do what they have been programmed to do: this includes biological machines like ants, people and dogs.  At no point is "free will" required in order to have feelings.  If something hurts, it just hurts, free will or no free will.
      Having feelings and emotions is very much the same problem as getting semantics from syntax-- a problem with a storied history in the field of mental metaphysics.  But one only needs to google "autonomous agents" to learn how quickly we are creating digital socities with needs, reputations and the like.
I have content available to upload here on these topics, as time permits, or
contact me at
Don O'Malley

1996 -- Autonomous Agent Taxonomy

2006 -- Emergent Agent Societies

4th Millenium