Towards Agent-oriented Blockchains: Autonomous Smart Contracts


Giovanni Ciatto, Alfredo Maffi, Stefano Mariani, Andrea Omicini

Features of blockchain technology (BCT) such as decentralisation, trust, fault tolerance, and accountability, are of paramount importance for multi-agent systems (MAS). In this paper we argue that a principled approach to MAS-BCT integration cannot overlook the foundational character of agency—that is, autonomy. Accordingly, we present a custom BCT implementation where autonomy is placed in smart contracts (SC) interpreted as software agents. We show how agency can enhance SC expressiveness with autonomy, situatedness, sociality, and intelligence, and highlight the limitations of state-of-art BCT in supporting MAS design and implementation.

(keywords) Autonomy; Smart contracts; Blockchain; Multi-agent systems

Advances in Practical Applications of Survivable Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: The PAAMS Collection, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 11523, pages 29-41, June 2019.
Yves Demazeau, Eric Matson, Juan Manuel Corchado, Fernando De la Prieta (eds.), Springer International Publishing.

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Journals & Series

Events

Publication

— authors

Giovanni Ciatto, Alfredo Maffi, Stefano Mariani, Andrea Omicini

— editors

Yves Demazeau, Eric Matson, Juan Manuel Corchado, Fernando De la Prieta

— status

published

— sort

paper in proceedings

Venue

— volume

Advances in Practical Applications of Survivable Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: The PAAMS Collection

— series

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

— volume

11523

— pages

29-41

— context

17th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

— publication date

June 2019

URLs

original page  |  original PDF

Identifiers

— DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-24209-1_3

— DBLP

conf/paams/CiattoM0O19

— IRIS

11585/690684

— Scholar

8878235327445521925

— Scopus

2-s2.0-85068643031

— print ISBN

978-3-030-24208-4

— online ISBN

978-3-030-24209-1

BibTeX

— BibTeX ID
autonomoussc-paams2019
— BibTeX category
incollection

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