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* Copyright 2012 John W. Krupansky d/b/a Base Technology * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 This a very preliminary, pre-alpha, experimental testbed, Stage 0 release of the Base Technology Software Agent Server software. It is NOT yet suitable for prime-time production use. What is a software agent? ------------------------- According to my "standard" definition: (http://agtivity.com/agdef.htm) "A Software Agent (or Autonomous Agent or Intelligent Agent) is a computer program which works toward goals (as opposed to discrete tasks) in a dynamic environment (where change is the norm) on behalf of another entity (human or computational), possibly over an extended period of time, without continuous direct supervision or control, and exhibits a significant degree of flexibility and even creativity in how it seeks to transform goals into action tasks." Stage 0 is a subset of the more grand vision and is simply a server environment in which small but powerful "programs" can run continuously, accessing resources on the Web and bth using the outputs of other agents and generating output that other agents can use. In short, Stage 0 agents are a new model for "software components", smaller than full-blown processes but larger and more autonomous than mere objects. The agent server does not have a UI per se. You interact with the server using its REST API, most typically with curl commands. See intro.txt. For a general overview, read 1-page-PDF.txt. For a detailed introduction, read intro.txt. And for a hands-on tutorial, read tutorial.txt. ---- The server is not yet suitable for production use and is intended for preliminary evaluation only. See legal/LICENSE.txt for software licensing terms. Basically, it is the Apache ASL 2.0 -- open source. See NOTICES.txt for licensing of software that is included with this software. Full source code can be found on GitHub at https://github.com/jack-krupansky-BT/Agent-Server-Stage-0 It was developed in Java in Eclipse and can be built and tested using the ant build.xml script. The zip file for the server can be downloaded from here: https://github.com/jack-krupansky-BT/Agent-Server-Stage-0/blob/master/dist/AgentServer-0.1.zip Instructions for installation and simple testing are here: https://github.com/jack-krupansky-BT/Agent-Server-Stage-0/blob/master/doc/install.txt For more information contact Jack Krupansky at Jack@BaseTechnology.com. .