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Synopsis of Christoph Salge’s 11/16/17 YHouse Luncheon Talk
Presenter: Christoph Salge (New York University / University of Hertfordshire)
Title: A Short Introduction to Empowerment – an Information Theoretic, Intrinsic Motivation
Present: Olaf Witkowski, Ed Turner, Piet Hut, Michael Solomon, Stephen Lin, Renzo Comoletti, Christoph Salge.
Abstract: “Empowerment is a formalization of how much an agent is in control of its own perceivable future. This is captured by the channel capacity from an agent’s actuators to an agent’s sensor at a later point in time. In this short presentation, I will briefly introduce the formalism and idea behind empowerment. I will outline how empowerment relates to the concept of intrinsic motivation and show some recent applications that demonstrate the range of behaviors that can be created in different scenarios. In particular, I will talk about recent work looking at coupled empowerment maximisation in a human-AI system – and how this can be used to define some core companion duties.”
Christoph introduced himself as now working at NYU’s Game Computation Group. He stated his goal for this talk is to introduce Empowerment and formalism....
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