Monday, October 6, 2014
The objective of life is to survive, expand, and fill as much of space and time as possible. Intelligences inherit this goal and values. A vector value would then include the agent's lifespan and the sum of the lifespans of all of the agent's offspring. A measure of the spread of the offspring over space might also be included in this. During the agent's life it will only be able to estimate its ultimate lifespan. Even if offspring only have one parent they will learn and evolve during their lifetimes and only partially reflect the value/utility of their parent. Offspring lifespans will also vary. The simple scalar utility, U=L(1+N), where L is the agent's lifespan and N is the number of offspring, is then an even cruder estimation. When cooperative agent societies are considered, diversity, in the form of a wide range of agent specialists, should also be valued.