Maximizing the Life-Time-Resources is an optimization that every human being runs one way or the other. Time can be traded for Resources and vice-versa. We have only got one (Physical) Life now.
Our reality is made up of three layers: Mental, Digital and Physical.
What is Real/Reality?
It used to be the Physical world. It is increasingly becoming a combination of the Physical and the Digital world. The Mental world is what a human persists and believes to be the Real world.
Our imaginations/Mental-model led us to create an extension to the Physical world. The Digital world offers another extension through Virtual/Augmented reality. Our Mental layer ultimately defines what we believe in and guides our actions. Our Mental layer is private by default.
As humans, we have one Physical Life but, we have the ability to create multiple Digital forms/Agents that can continue to live long after our Life, Time and Resource runs out.
In Reinforcement Learning (RL), an Agent optimizes for maximizing the expected sum of discounted future rewards in a Markov Decision Process (MDP). RL has a lot of analogies drawn from human psychology. It is a simple but powerful formulation that is applicable to Human life at large.
Learning to optimize for maximizing Life-Time-Resources/Long-Term-Rewards using the Mental-Digital-Physical/Markov-Decision-Process Framework as a Human/Agent is the Goal.
Reward is enough? TBD
Creating and executing ideas that cause physical changes is a key to attain human-level intelligence. A reward signal should point towards creativity for Artifical Intelligence(AI) beyond human-level, general intelligence. AI Agents should collectively figure out what the Goal is (if there is one) and what the Reward is (if it is enough).