Curiosity-Driven AI: How Effective Is It? | Two Minute Papers #257

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The paper "Curiosity-driven Exploration by Self-supervised Prediction" and its source code is available here:
https://pathak22.github.io/noreward-rl/

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jlvanderzwan
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Climate Change Is Making Plants Behave Like Costco Shoppers - Facts So Romantic

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Not having to endure costs radically changes behavior, in humans and in plants.Photograph by Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Plants have their own form of money: carbon dioxide. For decades, our fossil fuel industry has been artificially inflating their currency. What happens to plants during inflation—when CO2 levels in the atmosphere rise?

The same thing that happens if you drop money from the sky over Times Square, leaving everyone there with $1,000 in their pockets, says Hope Jahren, a geochemist and geobiologist at the University of Oslo, and author of Lab Girl, a personal memoir of her life in science.* “Some people would save it; some people would run out and buy clothes; some people would gamble it away within 5 minutes,” she told Nautilus editor in chief Michael Segal. Plants face similar choices. “Some build a bunch of new leaves; some make a bunch more flowers; some shunt it into their roots; some stop making defense compounds. I call that the Costco effect. If you go buy 100 rolls of toilet paper, you’re going to use toilet paper at your house very differently than if you’re buying it roll by roll. So plants, if it’s that easy to make a…
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jlvanderzwan
18 hours ago
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Hold up, is Hope Jahren arguing that plants are approaching a post-scarcity society? :P
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It Keeps Happening

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jlvanderzwan
18 hours ago
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Is this the robot equivalent of throwing up during an ayahuasca ceremony?
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emdeesee
10 hours ago
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@jepler You may be right about Pintsize.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Right

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We are entering a golden age where we constantly surveil each other but are scared to wave from across a fence.


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jlvanderzwan
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IIRC paranoia is about imagining things that are not really happening. So I guess this would not be paranoia but anxiety.
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Irregular Webcomic! #1741 Rerun

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Comic #1741

Hands up anyone who's been in exactly this situation with a schoolteacher and a group of students.

Although most teachers were never as patient as Head Death can be.


2018-06-19 Rerun commentary: Well, you know what inevitably comes next. Yep, I checked ahead and you won't be disappointed. (Now let's see how many of you can resist the urge to click the "Next in theme" button. You're clearly not as patient as the Head Death.)
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jlvanderzwan
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You know, I wonder if there are any stories out there where timeless, immortal beings discuss the different types of infinity from the perspective of having first-hand experience with all of them
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Philosophy Round Table: Human Nature

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Man is the animal that watches stupid TV shows.
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jlvanderzwan
2 days ago
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To be fair, that last panel is not exactly wrong
rclatterbuck
2 days ago
In my non-medical opinion, Kierkegaard really needed to be on an SSRI.
jlvanderzwan
2 days ago
True, but who wouldn't rather be a happy dog chasing a ball in the park?
rclatterbuck
2 days ago
Me. I wouldn't like to give up human intellectual capacity (not to mention opposable thumbs) in order to be a happy dog chasing a ball in the park.
jlvanderzwan
1 day ago
“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.” - Emo Philips
rclatterbuck
1 day ago
A fair cop. :-D
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