When you hear “autonomous agents and things”, what do you think of? Perhaps you paint a mental picture of international espionage: stealth, undercover agents clad in leather jumpsuits, jetsetting around the world to execute covert operations as constructed by international spy agencies. Or, maybe it’s the thought of robots that you turn to... reality is so, so close.
One to many. Many to one. What goes around comes back around is true in many things, but this seems especially apropos in the world of computers. From computers the size of rooms to a personal computer in every home. From monolithic mainframes and their tiny terminals to localized servers in every office. Then came virtual consolidation, multi-tenancy leading to centralized server farms and the cloud. Each of these revolutions marked a single area expansion followed by explosive growth of individual devices, and now the analysts tell us that we’re poised for another explosion – “things”.