16 Aug '12, 1am

Bitcoin-using Autonomous Agents

An agent is an autonomous program that is able to survive by selling services for Bitcoins, and using the proceeds to rent server capacity. Agents that are profitable enough may replicate themselves by spawning additional instances on other servers. Bitcoin-using autonomous agents were first described by Gregory Maxwell, who used a file storage system called StorJ as an illustrative example. Contents 1 Core concepts 2 Reliance on low trust protocols 3 Examples 4 Use of trusted computing/TPM chips Core concepts Agents interact with the world via the following mechanisms: The Bitcoin network APIs that allow for renting server capacity, and then remotely controlling that server (ie, ssh) Human readable contracts posted to freelancer forums or the Mechanical Turk Their own application protocols, for example, by serving HTTP By maintaining their own balance, for the first time ...

Full article: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Agents

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