Jeff Clune: Genetic Algorithms, Quality-Diversity, Curiosity
A conversation with Jeff Clune, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and a Faculty Member of the Vector Institute
Jeff is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and a Faculty Member of the Vector Institute. Previously, he was a Research Team Leader at OpenAI and before that a Senior Research Manager and founding member of Uber AI Labs, and prior to that he was an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Wyoming.
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(01:05) Path into AI
(08:05) Studying biology with simulations
(10:30) Overview of genetic algorithms
(14:00) Evolving gaits with genetic algorithms
(20:00) Quality-Diversity Algorithms
(27:00) Evolving Soft Robots
(32:15) Genetic algorithms for studying Evolution
(39:30) Modularity for Catastrophic Forgetting
(45:15) Curiosity for Learning Diverse Skills
(51:15) Evolving Environments
(58:3) The Surprising Creativity of Digital Evolution
(1:04:28) Hobbies Outside of Research