Is it an Agent, or just a Program?: A Taxonomy for Autonomous Agents
Date of Issue:1996
Event Title:Third International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages
Journal/Publication Title:Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages
Number of Pages:10
Abstract:The advent of software agents gave rise to much discussion of just what such an agent is, and of how they differ from programs in general. Here we propose a formal definition of an autonomous agent which clearly distinguishes a software agent from just any program. We also offer the beginnings of a natural kinds taxonomy of autonomous agents, and discuss possibilities for further classification. Finally, we discuss subagents and multiagent systems.