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Definitions and Objectives

Listed below are characteristics of what we are terming agents followed by an example of those characteristics as found in our system: Our initial prototype includes agents that exhibit aspects of all the above capabilities, except planning (but see [[7]]). Our goal is to develop an open agent architecture for networked desktop and handheld machines. The system we are building should support distributed execution of a user's requests, interoperability of multiple application subsystems, addition of new agents, and incorporation of existing applications. Finally, it should be transparent; users should not need to know where their requests are being executed, nor how.



Adam Cheyer
Mon Aug 12 15:12:15 PDT 1996