Based entirely on the computer game “The Sims”, 25 AI agents live in a small town called Smallville. The generative agents, as the scientists who developed them call them, are software agents that simulate human behavior – from waking up to breakfast, work, lunch, artistic tasks, parties and going to bed. The individual agents have personalities, they should remember what they have done so far and make their further decisions based on this. This experiment is now open source.
Smallville doesn’t really exist and the agents don’t perform the actions either, there’s no place like in a computer game where you can sort of watch avatars walking around. All actions as well as the environment first take place in text. A large language model speaks to itself in the various roles. It is therefore a multi-agent system. The information generated is passed on for a demo of the 2D world. It is amazing at Smallville how complex the behavior and tasks are mastered. The language model is linked to a database containing that agent’s “memory stream”.
Purposes for autonomous agents
Smallville was created in a cooperation between researchers from Stanford and Google. According to his own statements, he was a former employee of OpenAI and Google, Jim Fan, has at X, formerly Twitter, posted what could be possible with such experiments in the future. He imagines that an AI population could, for example, play out the evolution of a civilization. He also sees a great influence on gaming. Characters could act there almost autonomously and react to players.
Last but not least, Smallville was followed by a small hype about AutoGPT, BabyAGI and similar autonomous models. They typically use OpenAI’s API to break down a user’s tasks into subtasks or smaller steps. These are then stored in a database, as are the results from the subtasks, and processed one after the other. Using self-prompting, the agent can work his way through to the final result. In this way, you could use an AI to write an email to someone whose email address you don’t even have – as Jan-Keno Janssen tried out in his ct-3003 video. Now that the Smallville architecture is freely available, other uses of the base can be explored.
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