ChatGPT is Just the Beginning

Exploring 3 Types of Autonomous AI Agents and How They’re Transforming the Way We Work

It is clear from the sheer number of inventive use cases and media headlines, generative AI applications like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, are rapidly changing the ways we do business. ChatGPT is a dynamic tool with endless use cases to explore and its open-source technology has become the building block for developers to create even more advanced generative AI tools.  

New autonomous AI tools, called agents, such as BabyAGI, AgentGPT and Auto-GPT, are poised to become indispensable workplace technology. They have the potential to streamline our work life, cut down on labor and allow employees to focus on more strategic or creative work. From preparing meeting briefs to planning business travel and more, AI agents offer advanced problem-solving skills and reasoning abilities for improved business outcomes. 

Autonomous AI Agents  

AI agents build on large language models (LLMs) by adding a software interface to automate tasks. The interface uses software practices like loops and functions to guide the LLM to complete an objective. Unlike ChatGPT, which requires a human to create a prompt at every step, AI agents complete tasks to achieve an overarching goal with limited prompting. By stacking AI models to complete more complex tasks, AI agents can run continuously and accomplish tasks with minimal human intervention and oversight. 

Developed as open-source projects, these AI agents are shared on code-hosting platforms for users to explore and implement. Below, we outline three tools with promising potential.  

Baby AGI 

BabyAGI helps users perform multiple tasks with proficiency, streamlining day-to-day work. Like a checklist, BabyAGI creates new tasks based on the results of previous tasks against a predefined objective. The AI agent systematically completes, adds and reprioritizes tasks until your goal is achieved. As it executes tasks, BabyAGI trains itself on the results to help you accomplish your to-do list more efficiently. 

For example, a manager might ask BabyAGI to help them organize a team-building event. BabyAGI can generate a list of event themes, formats, venue options and relevant sponsors. Throughout the process, it can also help prioritize tasks. Like a personal assistant, BabyAGI can help you streamline monotonous tasks, allowing you to focus on higher-level challenges. 


AgentGPT provides users with a simple, accessible interface directly in a browser, acting as an extension of your team to complete tasks. You can give it a goal, for instance, like building a social media marketing strategy for a new product launch and it will help you systematically execute from the ground up. The tool may start by identifying target social channels to consider, then help you develop a messaging strategy, identify relevant hashtags and even suggest a scheduling cadence for optimal engagement. In this way, AgentGPT acts as an additional virtual “team member” seamlessly embedded into your workflow.  


One of the most advanced AI agents thus far is Auto-GPT, a tool that can self-reflect and self-critique to offer more precise responses with less intervention and oversight. Auto-GPT can accomplish complex tasks by creating subtasks and launching new agents to complete them. It not only carries out the goal set in front of it, but it also predicts your other needs and creates separate subtasks to address them. Using machine learning, it writes its own code, debugs itself and self-improves over time. 

Imagine linking your calendar with Auto-GPT, for example, allowing it to provide you with valuable information ahead of an upcoming meeting. It can supply background information on the people you are meeting with, an overview of previous meetings, recent news about the topic of your conversation and other useful data—all without prompting.  

To achieve the best results from tools like ChatGPT, you must thoughtfully articulate your prompts. With Auto-GPT, however, you are tasking the technology with designing prompts, creating a loop of communication until a task is complete. 

Transformative Technology  

Generative AI is transforming the way we work, communicate and interact with technology. As it evolves, we can expect AI tools will begin to carry out far more complex tasks. Before long, we can foresee streamlined, seamless and dynamic AI outputs that go beyond the text provided by ChatGPT. Autonomous AI agents like BabyAGI, Agent GPT and Auto-GPT are at the forefront of this innovation. By staying informed about the development of generative AI and the potential challenges this new technology presents, we can better prepare for its integration into our professional lives.  

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