The complete beginners guide to autonomous agents

Wednesday 19th April, 2023 - Bruce Sterling


I am CEO and co-founder of Octane AI, where for seven years we have been building conversational AI products, and are more recently building generative AI and autonomous agent solutions for brands. In 2016 I predicted that around now chatbot interfaces would take off and start to replace standard website UI, and now over 100 million people use ChatGPT and websites like it. I am now similarly predicting that autonomous agents will be widely adopted in the future, but this prediction won’t take seven years to come true, it will happen blazingly fast.

p.p.s. After writing this article I showed the draft to 125 of the smartest and most interesting people I know, including Emad Mostaque (Founder of Stability AI), Tony Hu (Former Acting Head of Emerging Technology for the FBI, and founder of Bondoo AI), Troy Carter (Lady Gaga’s ex Manager), Sahil Lavingia (Founder of Gumroad), Elizabeth Yin (Co-Founder of Hustlefund VC), Hugh Howey (Author of Wool), Chris Yeh (Author of Blitzscaling), experts from NVIDIA, Meta, investors like Ryan Hoover (creator of Product Hunt) and Erica Brescia (Manager Director of Redpoint Ventures, prior Github COO), and many many more. Their thoughts and opinions are sprinkled throughout, they will give you unique insights shared with the world for the first time….