Agent-Oriented Software Technologies: Flaws and Remedies
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Agent-Oriented Software Technologies, i.e., the engineering of agent systems, agent languages, development tools, and methodologies, are an active research area. However, the practical influence of AOST on what we call mainstream software technologies is very small. As of today, trends in software technologies are not made by agent researchers or companies, but rather by Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. In this position paper, we investigate basic questions: Why are agent-oriented software technologies currently not fully exploiting their potential? Is there another “CORBA syndrome” lurking behind the next corner? And what can we do to better position agent software technologies in the market, and to increase their practical impact?
We are convinced that the most severe problems in today’s agent-oriented software technologies and in the way we market them are due to a few basic flaws. In this paper, we will try to identify and discuss these flaws. However, it is also our firm belief that agent-oriented software technologies have a huge potential, and that there are remedies that can be applied to cure the flaws. We shall also identify some of these potential remedies and formulate them as recommendations.
KeywordsSoftware Technology Multiagent System Agent Technology Interaction Protocol Agent Architecture
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