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Agency

TagLast edit: 20 Oct 2022 10:44 UTC by Peter Hozák

Agency or Agenticness is the property of effectively acting with an environment to achieve one’s goals. A key property of agents is that the more agentic a being is, the more you can predict its actions from its goals since its actions will be whatever will maximize the chances of achieving its goals. Agency has sometimes been contrasted with sphexishness, the blind execution of cached algorithms without regard for effectiveness.

One might lack agency for internal reasons, e.g., being a rock that has no goals and no ability to act, or for external reasons, e.g., being a child who is granted no freedom to act as they choose.

See Also

Be­ing a Ro­bust Agent

Raemon18 Oct 2018 7:00 UTC
129 points
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Un­der­stand­ing Selec­tion Theorems

adamk28 May 2022 1:49 UTC
35 points
3 comments7 min readLW link

LLMs may cap­ture key com­po­nents of hu­man agency

catubc17 Nov 2022 20:14 UTC
21 points
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Aliveness

Ziz18 Jan 2018 5:00 UTC
16 points
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(sinceriously.fyi)

Are You a Par­a­lyzed Subor­di­nate Mon­key?

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Mar 2011 21:12 UTC
42 points
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Agency and Sphex­ish­ness: A Se­cond Glance

Ruby16 Apr 2019 1:25 UTC
25 points
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On the Na­ture of Agency

Ruby1 Apr 2019 1:32 UTC
31 points
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Mana

Ziz20 Dec 2017 2:24 UTC
13 points
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Char­ac­ter­iz­ing Real-World Agents as a Re­search Meta-Strategy

johnswentworth8 Oct 2019 15:32 UTC
29 points
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Ex­ten­u­at­ing Circumstances

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Apr 2009 22:57 UTC
47 points
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Río Grande: judg­ment calls

KatjaGrace27 Jan 2019 3:50 UTC
25 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
(worldlypositions.tumblr.com)

Be­ware over-use of the agent model

Alex Flint25 Apr 2021 22:19 UTC
28 points
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Agents Over Carte­sian World Models

27 Apr 2021 2:06 UTC
62 points
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Pit­falls of the agent model

Alex Flint27 Apr 2021 22:19 UTC
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Agency in Con­way’s Game of Life

Alex Flint13 May 2021 1:07 UTC
96 points
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Sav­ing Time

Scott Garrabrant18 May 2021 20:11 UTC
126 points
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Uncer­tainty can De­fuse Log­i­cal Explosions

Jemist30 Jul 2021 12:36 UTC
11 points
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A re­view of “Agents and De­vices”

adamShimi13 Aug 2021 8:42 UTC
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What’s Stop­ping You?

Neel Nanda21 Oct 2021 16:20 UTC
35 points
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(www.neelnanda.io)

Agents as P₂B Chain Reactions

Daniel Kokotajlo4 Dec 2021 21:35 UTC
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Agency: What it is and why it matters

Daniel Kokotajlo4 Dec 2021 21:32 UTC
25 points
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You can’t un­der­stand hu­man agency with­out un­der­stand­ing amoeba agency

shminux6 Jan 2022 4:42 UTC
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[Question] How to trade­off util­ity and agency?

A Ray14 Jan 2022 1:33 UTC
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REPL’s: a type sig­na­ture for agents

scottviteri15 Feb 2022 22:57 UTC
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Gra­da­tions of Agency

Daniel Kokotajlo23 May 2022 1:10 UTC
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Why agents are powerful

Daniel Kokotajlo6 Jun 2022 1:37 UTC
35 points
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Seven ways to be­come un­stop­pably agentic

Evie Cottrell26 Jun 2022 17:39 UTC
47 points
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(eviecottrell.com)

Vingean Agency

abramdemski24 Aug 2022 20:08 UTC
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[Ex­plo­ra­tory] Be­com­ing more Agentic

Johannes C. Mayer6 Sep 2022 0:45 UTC
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An Agent is a Wor­ldline in Teg­mark V

komponisto12 Jul 2018 5:12 UTC
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Gw­ern’s “Why Tool AIs Want to Be Agent AIs: The Power of Agency”

habryka5 May 2019 5:11 UTC
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(www.gwern.net)

Forc­ing Freedom

vlad.proex6 Oct 2020 18:15 UTC
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A crit­i­cal agen­tial ac­count of free will, cau­sa­tion, and physics

jessicata5 Mar 2020 7:57 UTC
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(unstableontology.com)

Roles are Mar­tial Arts for Agency

Eneasz8 Aug 2014 3:53 UTC
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The In­ner Work­ings of Resourcefulness

Nora_Ammann25 Feb 2021 9:15 UTC
22 points
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Dis­cus­sion: Ob­jec­tive Ro­bust­ness and In­ner Align­ment Terminology

23 Jun 2021 23:25 UTC
70 points
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Em­piri­cal Ob­ser­va­tions of Ob­jec­tive Ro­bust­ness Failures

23 Jun 2021 23:23 UTC
63 points
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Grokking the In­ten­tional Stance

jbkjr31 Aug 2021 15:49 UTC
41 points
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[Question] Does Agent-like Be­hav­ior Im­ply Agent-like Ar­chi­tec­ture?

Scott Garrabrant23 Aug 2019 2:01 UTC
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Agency and Coherence

David Udell26 Mar 2022 19:25 UTC
23 points
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Gato’s Gen­er­al­i­sa­tion: Pre­dic­tions and Ex­per­i­ments I’d Like to See

Oliver Sourbut18 May 2022 7:15 UTC
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Towards Gears-Level Un­der­stand­ing of Agency

Thane Ruthenis16 Jun 2022 22:00 UTC
24 points
4 comments18 min readLW link

A physi­cist’s ap­proach to Ori­gins of Life

pchvykov28 Jun 2022 15:23 UTC
11 points
6 comments16 min readLW link

Cul­ti­vat­ing And De­stroy­ing Agency

hath30 Jun 2022 3:59 UTC
88 points
10 comments8 min readLW link

Can we achieve AGI Align­ment by bal­anc­ing mul­ti­ple hu­man ob­jec­tives?

Ben Smith3 Jul 2022 2:51 UTC
11 points
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What En­vi­ron­ment Prop­er­ties Select Agents For World-Model­ing?

Thane Ruthenis23 Jul 2022 19:27 UTC
24 points
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Mis­takes as agency

pchvykov25 Jul 2022 16:17 UTC
12 points
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AGI-level rea­soner will ap­pear sooner than an agent; what the hu­man­ity will do with this rea­soner is critical

Roman Leventov30 Jul 2022 20:56 UTC
24 points
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Pro­ject pro­posal: Test­ing the IBP defi­ni­tion of agent

9 Aug 2022 1:09 UTC
21 points
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[Question] What is an agent in re­duc­tion­ist ma­te­ri­al­ism?

Valentine13 Aug 2022 15:39 UTC
13 points
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Dis­cov­er­ing Agents

zac_kenton18 Aug 2022 17:33 UTC
55 points
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Simulators

janus2 Sep 2022 12:45 UTC
452 points
102 comments44 min readLW link
(generative.ink)

Agency en­g­ineer­ing: is AI-al­ign­ment “to hu­man in­tent” enough?

catubc2 Sep 2022 18:14 UTC
9 points
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There are no rules

unoptimal23 Sep 2022 20:47 UTC
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“Agency” needs nuance

Evie Cottrell25 Sep 2022 7:40 UTC
23 points
1 comment14 min readLW link

Co­op­er­a­tors are more pow­er­ful than agents

Ivan Vendrov21 Oct 2022 20:02 UTC
14 points
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Beyond Kol­mogorov and Shannon

25 Oct 2022 15:13 UTC
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In­ter­pret­ing sys­tems as solv­ing POMDPs: a step to­wards a for­mal un­der­stand­ing of agency [pa­per link]

the gears to ascenscion5 Nov 2022 1:06 UTC
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(www.semanticscholar.org)

The two con­cep­tions of Ac­tive In­fer­ence: an in­tel­li­gence ar­chi­tec­ture and a the­ory of agency

Roman Leventov16 Nov 2022 9:30 UTC
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AGIs may value in­trin­sic re­wards more than ex­trin­sic ones

catubc17 Nov 2022 21:49 UTC
8 points
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Sets of ob­jec­tives for a multi-ob­jec­tive RL agent to optimize

23 Nov 2022 6:49 UTC
4 points
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[Question] Will the first AGI agent have been de­signed as an agent (in ad­di­tion to an AGI)?

nahoj3 Dec 2022 20:32 UTC
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