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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Christopher Byrne, Stephanie Zerby, Andrew Belmonte.

Title:Modeling Marvin Minsky: Game Theoretic Implications of The Society of Mind
Seminar:Game Theory Seminar
Speaker:Eli Byrne, Dept of Mathematics and Applied Research Laboratory, PSU
In his 1988 book The Society of Mind, Marvin Minsky, cognitive scientist and co-founder of MIT’s artificial intelligence laboratory, puts forth a concept of decision making based on the emergent dynamics of a collection of agents governed by local interaction rules, not an overall executive. Decision making control passes from one agent to another based on localized, heterogeneous, endogenous concepts of the relative “strength” of agents. Control shifts when the controlling agent loses strength relative to another. Agents may have a hierarchical structure, with sub-agents, and conflict between sub-agents weakens the parent agent. Environmental stimuli can increase or decrease the strength of agents. I will present a short summary of ideas for integrating these ideas with traditional game theory models, followed by an example model of players in a repeated prisoner’s dilemma or social dilemma game. Methodologies include mathematical convergence and equilibrium analysis as well as computer simulation analysis. Discussion also includes modeling the effects of Karma, i.e. non-random initial conditions.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:10 / 18 / 2012
Time:01:00pm - 02:00pm