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The Surprising Creativity of Digital Evolution: A Collection of Anecdotes from the Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life Research Communities

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Apr 13 2018 Janelle Shane

When machine learning is astonishing - I collected some highlights from a paper on algorithmic creativity http://aiweirdness.com/post/172894792687/when-algorithms-surprise-us Original paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf https://t.co/MHS2Gk7zkw
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Apr 13 2018 Janelle Shane

Sometimes machine learning solves the wrong problem in unintentionally sinister ways. https://t.co/oUN2UclQg3
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Aug 19 2019 Jamie Bartlett

This is from an Atlantic article, about this paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf, which is VERY interesting - it's a collection of anecdotes of accidental creativity in algorithms. (Includes this good tic-tac-toe story, also mentioned in @TomChivers recent book). https://t.co/cokPaHYs71
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Sep 10 2019 hardmaru

Found this recent paper by Tom Everitt and Marcus Hutter that looks at the topic of RL agents โ€œcheatingโ€ from an AI Safety perspective. Worth a look! Paper https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.04734 Blog https://link.medium.com/yX1b3UXERZ https://t.co/cak1IUTAlM
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Feb 24 2019 ๐”Š๐”ด๐”ข๐”ฏ๐”ซ

In many areas, there is a 'brute force' approach. It's often pretty unpopular. Doesn't mean it's wrong, though... [genetics/statistics/AI/economics/politics-ethics/philosophy/science] :: [bigger GWASes/Monte Carlo/more GPUs/capitalism/economic growth/atomism/reductionism].
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Aug 03 2019 Janelle Shane

I notice people are retweeting this thread again - if you find this stuff as fascinating as I do, I definitely have a book for you: https://aiweirdness.com/books
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Oct 24 2019 jonathanstray

I was lucky enough to be introduced to reward hacking when I saw Karl Sims' 1994 "Evolving Virtual Creatures" paper presented at SIGGRAPH. He showed examples of creatures cheating in hilarious ways, such as by falling over to "move" a long distance. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf https://t.co/QcgoZv4m84
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Aug 19 2019 Physics Today

Joel Lehman et al point out that sometimes with ML/AI, the algorithms are too smart for their own good, such as deciding that crashing a plane into the ground is the most efficient way of landing it. H/T @JamieJBartlett https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.03453
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Aug 19 2019 eigenrobot

@politicalmath @jaspar :) https://twitter.com/JanelleCShane/status/984809679040598016
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Dec 17 2018 Natalie D Kane

Link to original paper here: 'The Surprising Creativity of Digital Evolution: A Collection of Anecdotes from the Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life Research Communities' https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf
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Oct 24 2019 Kevin J. Brennan

A perfect example of how the metrics you choose distort the outcomes you get.
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Sep 03 2019 Henrik Korsgaard

AI must read IMO The Surprising Creativity of Digital Evolution: A Collection of Anecdotesfrom the Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life Research Communities https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf "creative" in research perhaps -- destructive and highly problematic in production
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@MoralHazardPay @antimule @LightningShade0 this is especially true because machine learning/evolutionary computation systems have a nasty habit of doing things like crashing the physics engine to give themselves more juice or inducing memory bombs to beat opponents https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf
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Aug 19 2019 Alasdair Allan

An intriguing paper, "A Collection of Anecdotes from the Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life Research Communities," https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03453.pdf. #MachineLearning
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