An agent is an actor; is autonomous, ie: has behaviour, maintains its own internal
state, interacts with its environment and/or communicates with other agents.
Requirements for intelligent Agents
- Self view. To know that it is separate from its
environment and from others.
- Concept of where the food comes from,
(even if it is skewed).
[Q. for a non-corporeal being, what is the food?] [require sensors and effectors, body-trust]
- Concept that actions have consequences (even if it is skewed).
[implies a concept of time and causality or teleology.]
Measures/tests for success.
- Concept of multiple points of view.
Ability to work the credibility of assertions.
[credibility: continuous from 0..1]
- Multiple strategies for reasoning,
eg: models, theorem provers, cases/procedures, heuristics,
pattern matching, play/experimentation/testing,
[requires interfaces amongst these subsystems.]
- Concept of risk.
- Concept of obedience.
[implies a concept of rules, contracts, laws.]
- Adversarial relationship with parents. Expected outcome of fear-based enforcement.
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