February 1997

Root Page of Article: (How) Can Software Agents Become Good Net Citizens?, by Sabine Helmers, Ute Hoffmann, and Jillian Stamos-Kaschke


(1) Cheong, F. (1995). Internet agents: spiders, wanderers, brokers, and bots. In Bots and Other Internet Beasties. Ed. Joseph Williams. Indianapolis:

(2) Exchanges between human MUD users and chatter bots are reported by Turkle, S. (1996). Life on the screen. Identity in the age of the Internet. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, pp. 77-101. Turkle argues that by talking to bots our language seduces us to accept, indeed to exaggerate, the "naturalness" of software agents.

(3) Leonard, A. (1996, April). Bots are hot! Wired.

(4) Dreilinger, D. (1996). Internet search engines, spiders and meta-search-engines. In Bots and Other Internet Beasties. Ed. Joseph Williams. Indianapolis:, pp. 237-256.

(5) "These Laws are. 1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or second Law." (Asimov, I. (1968). The rest of robots. London: Granada, p. 69.)

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