intelligent agent

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intelligent agent

[in¦tel·ə·jənt ′ā·jənt]
(industrial engineering)
A computing hardware- or software-based system that operates without the direct intervention of humans or other agents, examples include robots, smart sensors, and Web-search software agents.
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agent

A software routine that waits in the background and performs an action when a specified event occurs. For example, agents could transmit a summary file on the first day of the month or monitor incoming data and alert the user when a certain transaction has arrived. Agents are also called "intelligent agents," "personal agents" and "bots." See mobile agent, bot and workflow.
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