FoMo rewards: Can we cast foundation models as reward functions?

Published: 07 Nov 2023, Last Modified: 06 Dec 2023FMDM@NeurIPS2023EveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Keywords: foundation models, reinforcement learning
TL;DR: New pipeline connecting pretrained vision and language models to define generic reward functions
Abstract: We explore the viability of casting foundation models as generic reward functions for reinforcement learning. To this end, we propose a simple pipeline that interfaces an off-the-shelf vision model with a large language model. Specifically, given a trajectory of observations, we infer the likelihood of an instruction describing the task that the user wants an agent to perform. We show that this generic likelihood function exhibits the characteristics ideally expected from a reward function: it associates high values with the desired behaviour and lower values for several similar, but incorrect policies. Overall, our work opens the possibility of designing open-ended agents for interactive tasks via foundation models.
Submission Number: 98