I came back to this post because I was thinking about Scott’s criticism of subminds where he complains about “little people who make you drink beer because they like beer”.
I’d already been considering how your robot model is nice for seeing why something submind-y would be going on. However, I was still confused about thinking about these various systems as basically people who have feelings and should be negotiated with, using basically the same techniques I’d use to negotiate with people.
Revisiting, the “Personalized characters” section was pretty useful. It’s nice to see it more as a claim that ‘[sometimes for some people] internal processes may be represented using social machinery’ than ‘internal agents are like fighting people’.