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Decision Alignment (extended abstract)

Mark S. Miller
Bill Tulloh
Proceedings of ECOOP 2016, The European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming


When one object makes a request of another, why do we expect that the second object's behavior correctly satisfies the first object's wishes? The need to cope with such _principal-agent problems_ shapes programming practice as much as it shapes human organizations and economies. However, the literature about such plan coordination issues among humans is almost disjoint from the literature about these issues among objects. Even the terms used are unrelated. These fields have much to learn from each other---both from their similarities and from the causes of their differences. We propose a framework for thinking about _decision alignment_ as a bridge between these disciplines.