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'''Subgoal stomp''' refers to a process in which a subgoal replaces a supergoal. A  subgoal is a goal  created for the purpose of achieving a supergoal. (Eliezer Yudkowsky, in "[http://intelligence.org/upload/CFAI/design/generic.html#stomp Creating Friendly AI]").
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'''Subgoal stomp''' is Eliezer Yudkowsky's term (in "[http://intelligence.org/upload/CFAI/design/generic.html#stomp Creating Friendly AI]") for the replacement of a supergoal by a  subgoal. (A  subgoal is a goal  created for the purpose of achieving a supergoal.)
  
 
Using more standard terminology, a "subgoal stomp" is a "goal displacement", in which an instrumental value becomes a [[terminal value]].
 
Using more standard terminology, a "subgoal stomp" is a "goal displacement", in which an instrumental value becomes a [[terminal value]].
  
 
A subgoal stomp in an artificial general intelligence may occur in one of two ways:
 
A subgoal stomp in an artificial general intelligence may occur in one of two ways:
* The desginer gives the AI correct supergoals, but the AI's goals shift, so that what was earlier a subgoal becomes a supergoal. In humans, this can happen when the long-term dedication  towards a subgoal makes one forget the original goal. For example, a person may seek to get rich so as to lead a better life, but after long years of hard effort become  a workaholic who cares about money in its own right and not for the original reason.  
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* The desginer gives the AI correct supergoals, but the AI's goals shift, so that what was earlier a subgoal becomes a supergoal. In humans, this can happen when the long-term dedication  towards a subgoal makes one forget the original goal. For example, a person may seek to get rich so as to lead a better life, but after long years of hard effort become  a workaholic who cares only about money as an end in itself.  
* The designer gives the AI a supergoal (terminal value) which appears to support the programmer's own values (supergoals), but in fact is one of the designer's subgoals.  For example, if a manager of a software development organization rewards workers for finding and fixing bugs--and apparently worthy goal--she may find that quality and software engineers collaborate to generate as may easy-to-find-and-fix bugs as possible.  
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* The designer gives the AI a supergoal (terminal value) which appears to support the programmer's own supergoals, but in fact is one of the designer's subgoals.  In a  software development organization, for example, if a manager rewards workers for finding and fixing bugs--an apparently worthy goal--she may find that quality and software engineers collaborate to generate as many easy-to-find-and-fix bugs as possible.  
  
  

Revision as of 18:12, 24 August 2012

Subgoal stomp is Eliezer Yudkowsky's term (in "Creating Friendly AI") for the replacement of a supergoal by a subgoal. (A subgoal is a goal created for the purpose of achieving a supergoal.)

Using more standard terminology, a "subgoal stomp" is a "goal displacement", in which an instrumental value becomes a terminal value.

A subgoal stomp in an artificial general intelligence may occur in one of two ways:

  • The desginer gives the AI correct supergoals, but the AI's goals shift, so that what was earlier a subgoal becomes a supergoal. In humans, this can happen when the long-term dedication towards a subgoal makes one forget the original goal. For example, a person may seek to get rich so as to lead a better life, but after long years of hard effort become a workaholic who cares only about money as an end in itself.
  • The designer gives the AI a supergoal (terminal value) which appears to support the programmer's own supergoals, but in fact is one of the designer's subgoals. In a software development organization, for example, if a manager rewards workers for finding and fixing bugs--an apparently worthy goal--she may find that quality and software engineers collaborate to generate as many easy-to-find-and-fix bugs as possible.


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