Phil 12.7.19

You can now have an AI DM. AI Dungeon 2. Here’s an article about it: You can do nearly anything you want in this incredible AI-powered game. It looks like a GPT-2 model trained with chooseyouradventure. Here’s the “how we did it”. Wow

The Toxins We Carry (Whitney Phillips)

  • My proposal is that we begin thinking ecologically, an approach I explore with Ryan Milner, a communication scholar, in our forthcoming book You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polluted Information. From an ecological perspective, Wardle’s term “information pollution” makes perfect sense. Building on Wardle’s definition, we use the inverted form “polluted information” to emphasize the state of being polluted and to underscore connections between online and offline toxicity. One of the most important of these connections is just how little motives matter to outcomes. Online and off, pollution still spreads, and still has consequences downstream, whether it’s introduced to the environment willfully, carelessly, or as the result of sincere efforts to help. The impact of industrial-scale polluters online—the bigots, abusers, and chaos agents, along with the social platforms that enable them—should not be minimized. But less obvious suspects can do just as much damage. The truth is one of them.
  • Taking an ecological approach to misinformation

Phil 12.5.19

ASRC GOES 7:00 – 4:30, 6:30 – 7:00

  • Write up something for Erik and John?
  • Send gdoc link to Bruce – done
  • apply for TF Dev invite – done
  • Schedule physical! – done
  • Dissertation – more Designing for populations
  • Evolver
    • Comment EvolutionaryOptimizer – almost done
    • Comment ModelWriter
    • Quickstart
    • User’s guide
    • Comment the excel utils?
  • Waikato meeting with Alex and Panos

Phil 12.4.19

7:00 – 8:00 ASRC GOES

  • Dissertation – back to designing for populations
  • Timesheet revisions
  • Applying for MS Project
  • Evolver – more documentation
  • GOES Meeting
    • Bought a copy of MS Project for $15
    • Send Erik a note about permission to charge for TF Dev Conf
    • Good chat with Bruce about many things, including CASSIE as a Cloud service
    • Re-send links to common satellite dictionary
    • Vadim got a pendulum working
  • Meeting with Roger
    • Got a tour of the new building
    • Lots of VR discussion
    • Some academic future options

Phil 12.3.19

7:00 – 4:00 ASRC GOES

  • Dissertation – reworked the last paragraph of the Reflection and reflex section
  • Evolver – more documentation
  • Send this out to the HCC mailing list: The introvert’s academic “alternative networking” guide
  • Arpita’s proposal defense
    • Stanford: Open information extraction (open IE) refers to the extraction of relation tuples, typically binary relations, from plain text, such as (Mark Zuckerberg; founded; Facebook). The central difference from other information extraction is that the schema for these relations does not need to be specified in advance; typically the relation name is just the text linking two arguments. For example, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii would create a triple (Barack Obama; was born in; Hawaii), corresponding to the open domain relation was-born-in(Barack-Obama, Hawaii).
    • Open Information Extraction 5
    • UKG Open Information Extraction
    • Supervised Ensemble of Open IE
    • Datasets
      • AW-OIE
      • AW-OIE-C
      • WEB
      • NYT
      • PENN
    • Why the choice of 100 dimensins for your symentic embedding? How does it compare to other dimensions?
    • Contextual embedding for NLP?
    • Input-Output Hidden Markov Model (version on GitHub)

Phil 12.2.19

December! Yikes!

7:00 – 8:00 ASRC GOES

  • Dissertation
    • Designing for populations
  • Evolver
    • Oh, boy – big IDE updates. Hoping nothing breaks
      • Had to connect back to python
      • TF still works!
    • Commenting and documenting
      • Finished
      • Starting
  • ML seminar (food fro La Madeleine!)
  • Meeting with Aaron M

Phil 11.30.19

Noam Chomsky: Language, Cognition, and Deep Learning | Artificial Intelligence (AI) Podcast

Stuart Russell, in Human Compatible, makes the case that we need to make AI that uses some form of inverse reinforcement learning, to figure out what we as humans want. I’m not opposed to that, but I think I want in addition, a system, that exercises AI and ML systems looking for runaway conditions. If an AI system can be falsified in this way, it is, by definition, dangerous.

Phil 11.29.19

ALIFE 2020

  • July 13-18 2020
  • Centre Mont-Royal, Montrial, Quebec
  • Call for papers (Due March 1, 2020)
  • Topics
    • Complex dynamical systems and networks
    • Artificial chemistry, origins of life, computational biology
    • Synthetic biology, protocells and wet artificial life
    • Ecology and evolution
    • Bio-inspired, cognitive and evolutionary robotics, swarms
    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • Perception, cognition, behavior
    • Social systems, artificial and alternative societies
    • Evolution of language, computational linguistics
    • Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science
    • Artificial-life-based art
    • Artificial Life in education
    • For this edition of the conference the special theme is “New Frontiers in AI: What can ALife offer AI?

AI and Compute

  • We’re releasing an analysis showing that since 2012, the amount of compute used in the largest AI training runs has been increasing exponentially with a 3.4-month doubling time (by comparison, Moore’s Law had a 2-year doubling period).[1]

     Since 2012, this metric has grown by more than 300,000x (a 2-year doubling period would yield only a 7x increase). Improvements in compute have been a key component of AI progress, so as long as this trend continues, it’s worth preparing for the implications of systems far outside today’s capabilities

Does play matter? Functional and evolutionary aspects of animal and human play

  • In this paper I suggest that play is a distinctive behavioural category whose adaptive significance calls for explanation. Play primarily affords juveniles practice toward the exercise of later skills. Its benefits exceed its costs when sufficient practice would otherwise be unlikely or unsafe, as is particularly true with physical skills and socially competitive ones. Manipulative play with objects is a byproduct of increased intelligence, specifically selected for only in a few advanced primates, notably the chimpanzee.

Dissertation – slooooooow going setting up the reflection and reflex section. Found some nice stuff on developing skills through training an play though

Phil 11.27.19

7:00 – 3:00 ASRC GOES

  • Dissertation – Added a bit at the beginning of the discussion section to explain why this should fit in the HCI universe. Started working on the Non-human agents part, and am explaining why things like the GPT-2 create their own low dimensional spaces due to the cost of implementation and the incentives of research
  • Evolver – Commenting and tweaking
    • Done with, which contains
      • class ValueAxisType(Enum):
      • class ValueAxis:
      • class EvolveAxis:
      • Example usage, evaluation and class exercising code using
        if __name__ == '__main__':
  • Ran out of space on my primary drive and had to drop everything and fix that

Phil 10.26.19

7:00 – 3:30 ASRC GOES

  • Russian Trolls Aren’t Actually Persuading Americans on Twitter, Study Finds
    • New research highlights a surprising barrier to hacking our democracy: filter bubbles
    • The Duke Polarization Lab is a group of seven faculty members, 21 graduate students, and four undergraduate students who are working to develop new technology to combat political polarization online.
    • Source Article: Assessing the Russian Internet Research Agency’s impact on the political attitudes and behaviors of American Twitter users in late 2017
      • There is widespread concern that Russia and other countries have launched social-media campaigns designed to increase political divisions in the United States. Though a growing number of studies analyze the strategy of such campaigns, it is not yet known how these efforts shaped the political attitudes and behaviors of Americans. We study this question using longitudinal data that describe the attitudes and online behaviors of 1,239 Republican and Democratic Twitter users from late 2017 merged with nonpublic data about the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) from Twitter. Using Bayesian regression tree models, we find no evidence that interaction with IRA accounts substantially impacted 6 distinctive measures of political attitudes and behaviors over a 1-mo period. We also find that interaction with IRA accounts were most common among respondents with strong ideological homophily within their Twitter network, high interest in politics, and high frequency of Twitter usage. Together, these findings suggest that Russian trolls might have failed to sow discord because they mostly interacted with those who were already highly polarized. We conclude by discussing several important limitations of our study—especially our inability to determine whether IRA accounts influenced the 2016 presidential election—as well as its implications for future research on social media influence campaigns, political polarization, and computational social science.
    • This makes sense to me, as we are most responsive to those that we align with and least responsive to those that we are opposed to. The problem is that I don’t think the Russians are interested in persuasion. They are interested in sowing discord using polarization, which this technique works splendidly for
  • Dissertation – finished the resilience section
  • Evolver. Undo all the indexing crap – done! And it’s working. Here’s the chart of the exhaustive [X Y] search (1600 possibilities), vs the evolved [X Y Zfunc] search (640,000 possibilities). And it’s actually 30 evolution steps: many_paramaters
  • Here’s all the steps. The most recent is on top. Note that it discovers the mult function early on and never looks back: ExcelEvolve
  • Now I need to fix all the code I broke and write some documentation

Phil 11.25.19

7:00 – 7:00 ASRC GOES

  • Dissertation – more discussion
    • Added Clark’s Grounding in communication to the lit review
    • Added more to the diversity section. Need to fold ecosystem thinking in
  • Evolver – get copied state nailed down
    • That seems to be working in the test harness:
      vzfunc[0]: Zfunc
      d1={'Zfunc': 2.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'plus_func', 'Zvals1': 1.0, 'Zvals2': 1.5}
      d2={'Zfunc': 2.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'plus_func', 'Zvals1': 1.0, 'Zvals2': 1.5}
      vzfunc[1]: Zfunc
      d1={'Zfunc': 4.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'div_func', 'Zvals1': 4.5, 'Zvals2': 1.0}
      d2={'Zfunc': 4.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'div_func', 'Zvals1': 4.5, 'Zvals2': 1.0}
      vzfunc[2]: Zfunc
      d1={'Zfunc': 3.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'mult_func', 'Zvals1': 1.0, 'Zvals2': 3.5}
      d2={'Zfunc': 3.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'mult_func', 'Zvals1': 1.0, 'Zvals2': 3.5}
      vzfunc[3]: Zfunc
      d1={'Zfunc': 7.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'plus_func', 'Zvals1': 3.5, 'Zvals2': 4.0}
      d2={'Zfunc': 7.5, 'Zfunc_function': 'plus_func', 'Zvals1': 3.5, 'Zvals2': 4.0}
    • Still not setting the values of the EvolveAxis History_list correctly when breeding genomes, I think
  • Fika – slides are done-ish
  • ML – seminar
    • Good point – I need to visit with each of the committee to walk them through the dissertation (possibly with slides?) some time in January. Also, use the conclusions to build a TL;DR version.
  • Meeting with Aaron – nope


Phil 11.22.19

7:00 – 5:00 ASRC PhD

  • Dissertation – working through the discussion section
  • Slides for writing a dissertation for Fika
  • Yuanyuan’s Defense today at 2:00
    • Common Ground Theory – Clarke – This is dimension reduction. Need to cite in the dissertation near M&D
    • Co-located communication is more diverse than distributed? Why is it easier to raise questions?
    • Distributed trainees were not aware of missing information
    • How is the information content measured?
    • Less efficient grounding is associated with more autonomy

Phil 11.21.19

7:00 – 4:30ASRC GOES

  • Dissertation
    • Good progress on discussion section
    • I have 222 hours to charge for the rest of the year!
  • Evolver
    • Working out index-based calculations in the test case
    • Found a HUGE bug. I was copying EvolveAxis pointers not values
    • Fixed with copy.deepcopy()
    • Need to add a set_value() for crossover
  • Several hours with Aaron on vehicle identification
  • Nextgen schedule plan – trying to get MSProject
  • JuryRoom Meeting
    • Moved time to 6:30
    • Need to write up a peer review use case

Phil 11.20.19

7:00 – 5:00 ASRC

  • Reading User Experience as a Legitimacy Trap, by Paul Dourish. Solid stuff.
    • Why are HCI researchers and practitioners now on the wrong side of many of the problematic developments in the contemporary technology landscape? Why is it so challenging for us to reformulate the objectives of our discipline and the central values of our educational programs? It is because those were not the basis upon which we argued for the legitimacy of our practice. By legitimizing HCI and its role in technology production in terms of user experience, user delight, and user acceptance—which were only ever means toward other ends—we have ceded the space from which we could argue for the considerations that were actually at the center of the discipline’s ambitions (to nurture and sustain human dignity and flourishing.). 
      • I think I can cite this in the conclusions section, where I think I need to address the issue that some might not consider this appropriate research for an HCI PhD
  •  Dissertation
    • More discussion. Send a note out to folks to workshop on Friday?
    • Mostly spent my time cleaning up the beginning. Didn’t write much new, but clarified and tightened up.
    • Found the original Bellman cite for the curse of dimensionality 
  • Evolver
    • Need to change chromosomes so that they point to the history index in the genome. The args Dict for the user function can be created from that, and the value/parameter spreadsheet can be too.
    • That reconstruction will need to ripple through the arguments axis to the function as well. That might be the problem that I was having yesterday.
  • AIMS Telemetry meeting
    • Need to start an MS-Project chart for nextGen efforts. ASRC doesn’t seem to have Project in its stack?