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Is Reinforcement Learning (RL) a fantasy?

Can a future artificial intelligence be made safe? And, assuming that AI safety is feasible, will it turn out to be an easy problem to solve, or an extremely hard problem? Right now there is a feeding frenzy (Jaan Talinn called it an “ecosystem”) in which many groups and individuals are trying to persuade charities to give them money …

1989 – Notes Regarding the Application of a Generalised PDP Model to the ‘Recent Filler’ Strategy in Human Sentence Comprehension

[Note.  This is a project proposal that was written in 1989.  Published here for the first time because it has some historical relevance … which is to say, some of the ideas I am working on today were already contained in this 1989 paper.] Introduction The eventual goal of this research is to construct a …

Debunking Fallacies in the Theory of AI Motivation

… or The Maverick Nanny with a Dopamine Drip Richard P. W. Loosemore Abstract My goal in this essay is to analyze some widely discussed scenarios that predict dire and almost unavoidable negative behavior from future artificial general intelligences, even if they are programmed to be friendly to humans. I conclude that these doomsday scenarios involve …

Reinforcement Learning and AI

Reinforcement learning, the way it is now practiced in AI, is just old-fashioned Behaviorism on modern steroids, so here is my take on Behaviorism, for anyone who is into that whole not-repeating-the-mistakes-of-history thing. The Behaviorist paradigm, as it originally appeared in the field of psychology, says that an intelligent system looks at the current state of the …