Greg Proffit

Jan 31, 2021

2 min read

Exploration vs. Exploitation

I first heard the concept of Exploration vs. Exploitation in the 2016 book by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths called Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions.

Briefly, exploration involves the discovery of something new.

Exploitation involves mining a previously discovered pleasure to extract more pleasure.

Both have their uses. Both are valuable to a life well-lived. A good life consists in large part in the enjoyment of good experiences. Those experiences must first be discovered. Once found, a…