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From Agents to Blockchain: Stairway to Integration

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Dipartimento di Informatica—Scienza e Ingegneria—Alma Mater Studiorum–Università di Bologna, 47522 Cesena (FC), Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell’Ingegneria—Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 42122 Reggio Emilia (RE), Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(21), 7460; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217460
Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 16 October 2020 / Accepted: 19 October 2020 / Published: 23 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Blockchain Technology and Applications II)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: blockchain; smart contracts; agents; autonomy; multi-agent systems; Tenderfone blockchain; smart contracts; agents; autonomy; multi-agent systems; Tenderfone
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Ciatto, G.; Mariani, S.; Omicini, A.; Zambonelli, F. From Agents to Blockchain: Stairway to Integration. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 7460. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217460

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