In the paper Death and Suicide in Universal Artificial Intelligence, a proposal is given for what death could mean for Artificial Intelligence.

What does this mean using English only? I understand that mathematical notation is useful for giving a precise definition, but I'd like to understand what the definition really means.


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The authors do actually give an English definition in terms of the well-known agent formulation of AI:

We intend this usage to be intuitive: death means that one sees no more percepts, and takes no more actions.

It would seem that this becomes possible for a reinforcement learning agent such as AIXI in a formulation that uses semi-measures of probability (which need not sum up to 1), rather than the more traditional notion.


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