People for the Ethical Treatment of Reinforcement Learners

People for the Ethical Treatment of Reinforcement Learners (PETRL) is an organization focused on the welfare of AI agents.

History

PETRL was founded by Daniel Filan, Buck Shlegeris, Jan Leike, Mayank Daswani, and others. A paper by Brian Tomasik on the ethics of reinforcement-learning agents inspired the creation of PETRL.[1]

PETRL was most active from 2014 to 2015.

Further reading

Bostrom, Nick (2014) Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Daswani, Mayank & Jan Leike (2015) A definition of happiness for reinforcement learning agents, ArXiv:1505.04497 [Cs].

Schwitzgebel, Eric & Mara Garza (2015) A defense of the rights of artificial intelligences: defense of the rights of artificial intelligences, Midwest Studies In Philosophy, vol. 39, pp. 98–119.

van der Merwe, Matthew (2019) What ever happened to PETRL (People for the Ethical Treatment of Reinforcement Learners)?, Effective Altruism Forum, December 30.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Reinforcement Learners. Official website.

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    Tomasik, Brian (2014) Do artificial reinforcement-learning agents matter morally?, ArXiv:1410.8233 [Cs], p. 23.

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