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README.md

simulation

This project contains the Singularity Net simulation package, an arena much like openAI gym in that developers can submit machine learning and reinforcement learning solutions to a problem to test their algorithms. However, in this case, the environment is not Atari but a toy Singularity Net environment, and the task is not to play a game but to build solutions to problems out of AI services. Similarly to Open AI Gym, the user only has to write the step function of the subclassed SnetAgent, and optionlly handle a call to payment_notification when their agent is paid in pretend AGI tokens. The simulation calls the step function of agents, waiting for all agents to move before they are notified . The agents can examine a log of what has changed in their environment, including thier own rewards (as they define them), before taking the next step.

Agents can create python programs because the representation of the python program has a gradient on which machine learning and reinforcement learning algorithms can navigate. This gradient comes from the generalities and specifics described in an ontology of available services, in a linear representation with genetic markers to control the meanings of genes so that they form a gradient. Agents self organize into specialist modules with a natural market based price. More importantly, gradient comes from the representations that agents create of the offers in utility space, so that covolutionary selective pressure is concentrated on agents according to the signs they display, which come to have an emergent meaning. An even more important source of gradient is the diverse ecosystem of solutions, where simple problems scaffold agents with the experience they need for more complex problems.

An (outdated) spec for the project is at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZLcE4ekemPnplHUiE1Q4sHxlFZO3MQAdkWFEUUPcN3I/edit?usp=sharing

There is a Singularity Net blog about the project.

A tutorial on the simulation is in the simulation.ipynb notebook.

Please send a note to have your solutions added to the registry. Because this is a multiple agent program, it can work in conjunction with other solutions in an ensemble.

Community User participation instructions:

After installing the simulation package using pip install -e simulation from the simulation directory, do these things:

  1. Subclass the SnetAgent, implementing the step and optionally the payment_notification method.

  2. Optionally, create a new scenario. The competing clusterers scenario is included. This is done by creating/appending to the existing ontology and registry. The file Registry.py includes artificial intelligence services for the SnetAgents to create an AI solution out of, and a registry with their curried versions. The study.json file contains that ontology that determines the names of the services in the registry, and all new registry programs must be entered to this file as well.

  3. Place parameters for your new agent in the study.json file. Parameters specific to the agent go in the parameter agent_parameters.

  4. Initialize your agents. Place agents with their initial messages on the initial blackboard. This can also be read in from a log to continue at a checkpoint from another scenario, (if the SnetAgent's internal states that created the message has also been saved). Here is where you would include any agent that has static messages, that stay the same throughout the simulation- such as Human agents - who operate on another time scale as the simulation. However, the more typical way to add machine learning and reinforcement learning agents is to start out random. This is done by indicating the number of agents of your new type, as well as the number of agents of any other type in the parameter random_agents. Then, it is up to you to fill the message in in your SnetAgent subclass init function.

  5. Adjust simulation parameters, such as how many iterations of trades you want the simulation to go through, and where you want to put the logs and pickles (serialized intermediate results)

  6. Run the simulation. instantiate the class SnetSim with the name of your modified config file (it defaults to study.json), and call the method, go().

  7. Look in the log to see information such as the python solutions that the program has created, the agi tokens all the agents recieved, and the scores that these programs recieved on tests.

File Organization

simulation package:

SnetAgent.py :

The agent our community participants subclass, in which they implement their reinforcement learning / machine learning solution to the problem of constructing python programs. They do this by implementing the step method, in which they put a message on a pubic blackboard of trades they would like to make. If they are using machine learning methods based on vectors of floats, they may want to use the convenient SnetAgent method that translates the vector of floats to a messege, "float_vec_to_trade_plan". They receive feedback by looking at the blackboard (in self.b), which includes their test scores and (pretend)token rewards as well as everybody elses, as it stands after their last move. Community users can also implement a payment_notification method that will be called when individual trades in their message recieve (pretend) agi tokens, so they have the complete breakdown and not just the cummulative net return as listed on the blackboard. They should either place an initial message on the blackboard per agent through the config file, or genrate one in the init funciton. "step" and optionally "payment_notification" and init are the only methods of SnetAgent that community users implement. The step method differs from the step of the open AI gym in that the simulation calls the method, and then calls all the other agents step message before feedback is available, which is at least by the time the simulation calls the agents next step. Another important difference from open AI gym is that since the reward depends on all the other agent's messages, the community user's algorithm will have to respond to a difficult changing utility space/moving fitness landscape. Soon, step and payment_notification will soon have convenient statistical collection decorators and visualization utilities to measure qualities such as money recieved and the scores of programs.

SnetSim.py :

This is the simulation that takes care of calling the agent functions, as well as storage functions like memoising and pickling. You instantiate this class and call go to run the simulation.

SISTER.py :

An example of a community user reinforcement learning submission. Contains the CMA-ES learning algorithm.

Exogenous.py :

An agent that does not change its message during the simualtion run, and can be made to put predetermined message out periodically or every time.

Registry.py :

This is the place where services which the simulation uses to compose solutions are indicated, as functions, and where the registry, in the form of a dictionary that points to these functions, as well as their curried versions, is kept.

pickleThis.py :

This is the pickle decorator that maps a tuple represetnation of a curried functions to a pickle of the result of the run of those functions.

init.py : file used by python minstallation programs to install the simulation package

other folders and files :

data directory holds data used by the competing clusterer scneario

competing_clusterers directory is a directory of generated file, the result of the 10 iteration run of the simulation that was performed by the simulation.ipynb notebook.

.idea directory is a pycharm ide directory, one of the best python ides to make it easy to write python code for the project

simuation.ipynb is the first tutorial for the simulation, an excellent starting point. Its focus is on the knowledge representation and simulation mechanics.

marketplace.ipynb is the second tutorial for the simmulation, with learning CMA-ES SISTER agents creating python programs in a marketplace. The emphasis is on market dynamics.

competingClusterers.ipynb is a baseline run of the competing clusters, to see how each does on a dataset. you can put different data sets in and every clusterer will work on it, for the purpose of comparing to your solution to the competing clusterer scenario.

IntrnetResearchAgency.tweets.clustered is the output of the competingClusterers notebook.

study.json is a configuration of the simulation for the competing clusterers scenario, containing simulation parameters, an intial group of messages on the blackboard for intial agents, and the ontology of services that they agents can use to construct a solution.

environment.yaml, environment.windows.yml, requirements.txt and requirements.windows.txt are the list of python packages that need installation as required by conda and pip, in both ubuntu and windows environments.

License

This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.