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Workshop: Intrinsically Motivated Open-ended Learning (IMOL) Workshop

Why Open-Ended Agency Should be Formalized on Hierarchical Empowerment-Gain Maximization

Thomas Ringstrom

Keywords: [ Reward-free ] [ Planning ] [ Hierarchical Empowerment ] [ intrinsic motivation ]


We argue that reward-maximization is insufficient as an objective for open-ended agency due to the complexity of the control problems. Instead, we argue that the intrinsic motivation metric of hierarchical empowerment might be particularly powerful for generating goals for life-long agents.

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