Is It an agent, or just a program?: A taxonomy for autonomous agents

  • Stan Franklin
  • Art Graesser
Part II: What is an Agent? — Definitions and Taxonomies

DOI: 10.1007/BFb0013570

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1193)
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Franklin S., Graesser A. (1997) Is It an agent, or just a program?: A taxonomy for autonomous agents. In: Müller J.P., Wooldridge M.J., Jennings N.R. (eds) Intelligent Agents III Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages. ATAL 1996. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), vol 1193. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

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.

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© Springer-Verlag 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stan Franklin
    • 1
  • Art Graesser
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Intelligent SystemsUniversity of MemphisMemphisUSA

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