There are many qualities and attributes presented in the literature
on "agents". This paper looks at some of the properties
of agents that others have suggested, specifically
representation of the user.
These attributes are described in a general sense and their relevance
to the idea of agency is discussed, particularly the way that they
interrelate. Two formalisms, that of
and that of
Fulbright and Stephens,
are discussed in detail as starting points.
reached is that "agency" is a continuum of many properties, but
that some of those properties are essential if the term "agent" is
to be useful or meaningful - in particular, the properties of
though the difficulty of divorcing these properties from other, related
properties is noted. By looking at some of the attributes that are commonly
seen as defining agency, this paper seeks to create a modest framework for
considering candidates for the title of "agent".
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