1.1: Is It an Agent, or Just a Program?
Read this page to learn about the advent of software agents. Memorize the definitions of the AIMA, Maes, KidSim, Hayes-Roth, IBM, SodaBot, Foner, and Brustoloni Agents. Make sure you know how to define "agency" and work to memorize Franklin's definition of an agent. Read through the examples of the different taxonomies and classifications of agents.
1.1.1: John Lloyd on Intelligent Agents
Watch the first part of this three-part video series by John Lloyd. As he lectures you may wish to work through the slides included on the page. Throughout the lecture, Professor Lloyd talks about AIMA agents and presents some pertinent examples. Compare his thoughts with yours and Franklin's from the previous sections.
1.1.2: Stan Franklin - A Cognitive Theory of Everything
Watch this video, which explains how intelligent agents fit into "the big picture." Ask yourself whether Franklin's thoughts make sense to you.