MA: B-612 ; the thought experiment 1

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B-612 is nearly exclusively a thought experiment on the idea of new relationships between technology and living organisms. It is highly probable that hybridisation of reality will be a catalyst for such developments.

In the experiment an ANN is set-up with reinforcement learning algorithm and learnt on over 300 examples of flower cultivation patterns. The patterns are devised to show cause and effect of different water distribution among plants over a set period of time.

After a period of learning the ANN is asked to predict an optimal pattern of watering the plant at a given point in the sequence.

The reinforcement learning rewards following actions:

– giving optimal water dose to the plant
– leaving the full amount of water to itself

Penalties:

– starving plant of water for several days
– letting plant die will result in receiving only penalty

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