autonomous agent

Main Entry:  autonomous agent
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  software that carries out some set of operations on behalf of a user or another program with some degree of independence or autonomy, and employ some knowledge or representation of the user's goals or desires
Etymology:  figurative use of the word agent in the sense 'a thing which brings about an effect or exerts power'
Usage:  computing's 21st Century Lexicon
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