Bounded agent

A bounded agent is the op­po­site of an un­bounded agent and refers to agents that op­er­ate un­der re­al­is­tic con­di­tions and re­source con­straints. Bounded agents only have re­al­is­tic amounts of com­put­ing power, RAM, and disk space (no more than fits into one Hub­ble vol­ume). They act in real time, mean­ing that time in the ex­ter­nal world goes on pass­ing as they de­liber­ate. They don’t have perfect knowl­edge of the en­vi­ron­ment. Their sen­sors are noisy and re­quire prob­a­bil­is­tic in­fer­ence. They can only act on the en­vi­ron­ment through mo­tor out­puts. Their en­vi­ron­ments are big­ger than they are, and can’t be fully simu­lated in re­al­is­tic amounts of time.