Autono-Preneurial Agents in the Community: Developing a Socially Aware API for Autonomous Entrepreneurial Lawn Mowers
Association for Computing Machinery
In this paper, we describe our efforts to appropriate an autono-preneurial agent---in this case, the Amazon LocustfootnoteThe Amazon Locust is a fictional autonomous lawn mowing robot that we imagine to be widely available through Amazon by 2035. ---through the development of an API that enables equitable and socially aware entrepreneurial decision making on the part of the Locust. We present a new API and our intended vision for this system, along with our proposed deployment plan for implementing appropriated Locusts in Midwestern USA suburban communities. These appropriated Locusts will allow community provisioning decision-making that moves beyond consideration of profitability to also include decisions based on equity, equality, community, and interpersonal relationships. We discuss the broader implications of this work and point toward future areas of inquiry.