Trusting software agents

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    Discussions of trust in the virtual or online world have for the most part focused on trust between humans in that medium (for example Nissenbaum, 2001, McGeer, 2004, Pettit, 2004, De Laat, 2005). Can person A trust person B in that environment in the same way that A might trust B on the off-line environment? In a previous paper I argued that genuine trust is possible in the virtual world and that this is not surprising (Weckert, 2005). Now I want to focus on different inhabitants of the virtual world, those software agents that are commonly called autonomous. Can we trust these agents or can we at best rely on them? Before answering this question, an account of trust will be outlined (based on Weckert, 2005).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTrust and virtual worlds
    Subtitle of host publicationContemporary perspectives
    EditorsCharles Ess, May Thorseth
    Place of PublicationNew York, USA
    PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9781433109232, 9781433109225
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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