AI and Agents: State of the Art
This article is a reflection on agent-based AI. My contention is that AI research should focus on interactive, autonomous systems, that is, agents. Emergent technologies demand so. We see how recent developments in (multi-) agent-oriented research have taken us closer to the original AI goal, namely, to build intelligent systems of general competence. Agents are not the panacea though. I point out several areas such as design description, implementation, reusability, and security that must be developed before agents are universally accepted as the AI of the future.
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