AI and Agents: State of the Art

Eduardo Alonso
2002 The AI Magazine  
■ 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
more » ... developed before agents are universally accepted as the AI of the future. N ow that we have entered the new millennium, it is time to review where we are and where we are going in AI. Although substantial progress has been made in the development and application of AI technology, much remains to be done. As Nils J. Nilsson (1995, p. 11) stated: We have to distinguish between intelligent programs and the specialised systems, that is, the tools, that they use. No doubt, building the tools is important. But working on the tools alone has not moved us closer to AI's original goal. Articles
doi:10.1609/aimag.v23i3.1654 dblp:journals/aim/Alonso02 fatcat:htbsr3n46jcdvbpeybc6qljo3y