What's meant by calling an AI "agenty" or "agentlike"?

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The term Intelligent agent is often used in AI as a synonym of Software agent, however the original meaning comes from economics where it was used to describe human actors and other legal entities.

So if we want to include agentless optimizing processes (like evolution) and AIs implemented as distributed systems in some technical discussion, it can be useful to use the terms "agenty" or "agentlike" to avoid addressing the philosophical questions of agency.

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Date: 2021/04/25


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