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Goals vs Utility Functions

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This week we read the “Goals vs Utility Functions” series by Rohin Shah. This is the posts under “Ambitious Value Learning” at https://www.lesswrong.com/s/4dHMdK5TLN6xcqtyc . You should read them before the session.

Optional reading: “Coherent Behaviour in the real world is an incoherent concept” by Richard Ngo.

These writings focus on the arguments that usually justify the premise that a general AI will necessarily optimize a long-term, explicit, simple goal. The authors find them to be insufficient, and in the end propose that perhaps a better approach to AGI safety is to construct agents without long-term goals of this kind.

As usual, there will be free pizza. The first half hour is for stragglers to finish reading.

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