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[closed] RE: Definition of agent in the Web Architecture

From: Paul Cotton <pcotton@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 00:23:10 -0700
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Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada 
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: AP Meyer [mailto:a.p.meyer@fel.tno.nl]
> Sent: September 14, 2004 3:02 AM
> To: Paul Cotton
> Cc: public-webarch-comments@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Definition of agent in the Web Architecture
> 
> Dear Paul
> 
> Thanks for considering my comments. Of course, I am not intensely
> satisfied with your response. While I agree that the statements made
> about agents in the document are clear I feel that there is more to
> agents and the sematic web than the document suggests.
> As your response reflects the opinion of a majority I have no problems
> accepting it.
> 
> good luck
> g
> Andre
> 
> 
> Paul Cotton wrote:
> 
> >Thank you for your comment on the WebArch document [1].
> >
> >The TAG reviewed your comment at its meeting today and declined to
make
> >the change that you suggested.
> >
> >The WebArch document introduces its use of the terms "Web agent",
"user
> >agent" and "agent" in the Introduction.  We believe that the use of
> >these terms is clear in the document and does not require the
additional
> >description of "autonomy and intelligence" as you have suggested.
> >
> >Please let us know if you are satisfied with this response to your
> >comment.
> >
> >/paulc
> >
> >[1]
>
>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webarch-comments/2004JulSep/
0
> >046.html
> >
> >Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada
> >17 Eleanor Drive, Nepean, Ontario K2E 6A3
> >Tel: (613) 225-5445 Fax: (425) 936-7329
> >mailto:pcotton@microsoft.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >>-----Original Message-----
> >>From: public-webarch-comments-request@w3.org [mailto:public-webarch-
> >>comments-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of AP Meyer
> >>Sent: August 30, 2004 3:47 AM
> >>To: public-webarch-comments@w3.org
> >>Subject: Definition of agent in the Web Architecture
> >>
> >>
> >>Hi All
> >>
> >>It is a pleasure to see how often the term agent is used in the
> >>architecture document. This confirms the intimate relationship of
> >>
> >>
> >agent
> >
> >
> >>technology and the semantic web. However, the definition given at
> >>http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-webarch-20040816/#def-web-agent is too
> >>restricted.
> >>
> >>In particular the notions of autonomy and intelligence are not
> >>mentioned. Autonomy refers to the ability of agents to act without
> >>explicit commands, e.g. by defining long-term goals. Tasks may be
> >>allocated in negotiations among agents without human intervention.
> >>
> >>Intelligence refers to the ability of agents to reason about their
> >>actions based on their world model. OWL reasoners are an example for
> >>this, others are BDI logics, rule-based systems and others. Adding
> >>autonomy and intelligence as explicit features of agents broadens
the
> >>scope of the use of agent technology for the semantic web to include
> >>slef-organising agent societies less tied to immediate user actions.
> >>
> >>A third relevant attribute of agents for the (semantic) web is
> >>
> >>
> >mobility.
> >
> >
> >>Mobile agents can travel among address spaces and interact locally
> >>
> >>
> >with
> >
> >
> >>other agents and services. The inclusion of mobility as part of the
> >>
> >>
> >Web
> >
> >
> >>Architecture would allow agents to play a more active role on the
Web,
> >>resulting in open systems for agent societies. Standardisation of
> >>
> >>
> >agent
> >
> >
> >>platforms occurs within FIPA (http://www.fipa.org/).
> >>
> >>For reference on multi-agent systems see:
> >>Weiss, G. (ed.), Multiagent Systems: A Modern Approach to
Distributed
> >>Artificial Intelligence, MIT Press, 2000
> >>
> >>
> >>hope this helps
> >>kind regards
> >>Andre
> >>
> >>--
> >>Dr. Andre P. Meyer
> >>
> >>
> >http://home.hccnet.nl/a.meyer/
> >
> >
> >>TNO FEL Command & Control and Simulation,
http://www.fel.tno.nl/div2/
> >>Delft Cooperation on Intelligent Systems, http://www.decis.nl/
> >>
> >>
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> >>
> >>
> >>
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> Dr. Andre P. Meyer
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