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From Agents to Blockchain: Stairway to Integration

Giovanni Ciatto, Stefano Mariani, Andrea Omicini, Franco Zambonelli
The blockchain concept and technology are impacting many different research and application fields; hence, many are looking at the blockchain as a chance to solve long-standing problems or gain novel benefits. In the agent community several authors are proposing their own combination of agent-oriented technology and blockchain to address both old and new challenges. In this paper we aim at clarifying which are the opportunities, the dimensions to consider, and the alternative approaches available for integrating agents and blockchain, by proposing a roadmap and illustrating the issues yet to be addressed. Then, as both validation of our roadmap and grounds for future development, we discuss the case of Tenderfone, a custom blockchain integrating concepts borrowed from agent-oriented programming.
Keywords: blockchain; smart contracts; agents; autonomy; multi-agent systems; Tenderfone
Applied Sciences 10(21), 22 pages, article no. 7460, October 2020.
Roberto Tonelli, Marco Ortu, Andrea Pinna (eds.), MDPI
Special Issue “Advances in Blockchain Technology and Applications 2020”
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