- AKA: Autonomous Agent.
- It can Perceive some of its Environment and retain a representation of it.
- It can have a Mind to hold and process Beliefs.
- It can (typically) contain an Agent Memory.
- It can act (make choices) within a Domain.
- It can have a Utility Function (associated to Goals and Objectives).
- It can be independent of any other Agent (be Autonomous).
- It can range from being a Living Agent to being a Mechanical Agent.
- It can range from being an Intelligent Agent to being a Non-Intelligent Agent.
- It can range from being an Unconscious Agent to being a Conscious Agent.
- It can range from being a Non-Linguistic Agent to being a Linguistic Agent.
- It can range from being a Non-Economic Agent to being a Economic Agent.
- It can Optimize its Activity.
- It can possess:
- It can perform an Action, such as:
- produce an Artifact.
- a Plant.
- See: Reasoning, Decision
- (Sammut & Webb, 2011) ⇒ Claude Sammut (editor), and Geoffrey I. Webb (editor). (2011). "Agent." In: (Sammut & Webb, 2011) p.36
- One who exerts power, or has the power to act;
- an actor;
- One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him;
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- 2. Agents and Agenthood
- There are some entities in the world that are viewed as being capable of initiating a causal chain. This is a scientifically inaccurate view; when a dog stands up and walks across a room, there are events in its brain that caused it to do so. But the idea pervades commonsense reasoning. We say that the dog's walking was caused by the dog, and don't necessarily expect to find anterior causes.
- We will call such entities agents. People are the prime examples of agents, but the class also includes robots and other intelligent software, higher animals, organizations, and a variety of fictional entities like gods, ghosts, and goblins. Frequently, when we use a person metaphor for some other type of entity, agenthood is what motivates us.
- (Franklin & Graesser, 1996) ⇒ Stan Franklin, and Art Graesser. (1996). "Is It An Agent, Or Just a Program?: A Taxonomy for Autonomous Agents." In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Agents III, Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages.