Edward Feser: MacIntire on human self-respect

Recently, Alasdair MacIntire provided a talk on the style “Human Dignity: A Puzzling and Possibly Dangerous Idea?” at the Fall Conference of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.  You can view it on YouTube.  It has gotten a great deal of attention even beyond scholastic circles, which […]

“Only Human” by Diane Chandler – Book Review

“On the whole, humans want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” – George Orwell Anna Bond – in her mid forties, married for almost twenty years, Anna has reached a precipice in her life. Call it a mid-life crisis if you will. A self-confessed ‘Tiger Mom‘, she adores […]

Human Psychology vs. Web Design: How it Works

You stumble across a website when browsing the internet. On first impression, your mood elevates. Suddenly, you feel rather light, and, yes, some happiness seems to be creeping in. The urge to see what is on the site has you clicking through the pages.  There is a lot to love about what you are seeing. […]

Summarizing Books with Human Feedback

Read paperBrowse samples To safely deploy powerful, general-purpose artificial intelligence in the future, we need to ensure that machine learning models act in accordance with human intentions. This challenge has become known as the alignment problem. A scalable solution to the alignment problem needs to work on tasks where model outputs are difficult or time-consuming […]

Nissen Richards Studio Designs Exhibition & Graphics for ‘The Human Touch’

‘The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces’ is a new, temporary exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, with all exhibition and graphic design created by Nissen Richards Studio, working closely with the museum’s curators. The exhibition, which examines how the language of touch shapes and has shaped our existence, will run until August 1, 2021. […]

Agent57: Outperforming the human Atari benchmark

Short-term memory Agents need to have memory in order to take into account previous observations into their decision making. This allows the agent to not only base its decisions on the present observation (which is usually partial, that is, an agent only sees some of its world), but also on past observations, which can reveal […]

Learning human objectives by evaluating hypothetical behaviours

Synthesising informative hypotheticals using trajectory optimisation For this approach to work, we need the system to simulate and explore a wide range of behaviours, in order to effectively train the reward model. To encourage exploration during reward model training, ReQueST synthesises four different types of hypothetical behaviours using gradient descent trajectory optimisation. The first type […]