Franklin , S. 2000. Deliberation and Voluntary Action in “Conscious” Software Agents. Neural Network World 10:505-521.
Here we describe briefly the architecture and mechanisms of a “conscious” software agent named IDA who is to act as a type of employment agent. We go on to show how this architecture and these mechanisms allow IDA to deliberate much as we humans do and to make voluntary choices of actions. The technology described, if successful, should allow the automation of the work of many human information agents. The IDA model also makes, hopefully testable, hypotheses about how human deliberation and volition.