[Prospective] Supply and demands negotiated by autonomous agents

Agents of change by P. Thibodeau discusses a capitalist future in which supply and demand is negotiated on a minute-by-minute basis by autonomous agents.

Negotiation was one of the key agent capabilities tested at the conference's Trading Agent Competition. In one contest, computers ran simulations of agents assembling PCs. The agents were operating factories, managing inventories, negotiating with suppliers and buyers, and making decisions based on a range of variables, such as the risk of taking on a big order even if all the parts weren't available. If an agent made an error in judgment, the company could face financial penalties and order cancellations.