Why seek to develop artificially intelligent agents? Are there certain advantages and/or needs provided by such supposed intelligent agents that are preferred to simply using intelligent tools that are devoid of agency (e.g. language models)? If so, what are these needs and advantages that intelligent agents could serve?
Basically, why would you want agency in an AI Model in the first place?
Here, I define agency as the ability to autonomously perceive and interact with a given environment. Anything capable of agency is then an agent. Furthermore, I define
- autonomous perception: the ability to perceive a given environment without the need of an external agent
- interaction: the ability to change the state of the environment