Content-based Trust for Electronic Contracts

I’m at the 10th Annual International Workshop “Engineering Societies in the Agents’ World” (ESAW 2009) and gave a talk this morning about how an electronic agent can use past experience (e.g. process documentation) with contracts to predict whether it should trust a new contract proposal. You can check out the slides below. It’s interesting to be at an agents workshop… they use a vocabulary I haven’t heard in a couple of years, but it’s fun.

I was also on a panel where we had a nice discussion on the overlap between reputation and content based trust and the role of context in trust. Roles seem to be a super important topic here.

Big idea from Frank Dignum – trust reduces to machine learning

Something to think about.

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