Agents in the real world must be capable of autonomous goal creation. One effect of this ability is that the agent may generate a substantial number of goals, but only a small number of these will be relevant at any one time. Therefore, there is a need for some heuristic mechanism to control an agent’s reasoning attention. Such a mechanism is presented in this paper: alarms. Alarms serve to focus the attention of the agent on the most salient goals, and thereby avoid unnecessary reasoning. In this way, a resource-bounded agent can employ modern planning methods to effectiveness.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|