Question from Artificial Intelligenge: A Modern Approach by Russell and Norvig (Exercise 2.1).
Suppose that the performance measure is concerned with just the first $T$ time steps of the environment and ignores everything thereafter. Show that a rational agent's action may depend not just on the state of the environment but also on the time step it has reached.
This question is extremely confusing to me. My initial thought is that this is obvious. A rational agent wants to maximize its performance, and the first $T$ time steps are a factor in the performance measure. So for instance, if the environment is in state $A$ at time step 1, the performance measure can be different than being in state $A$ at step 2 since the state of the environment in step 1 is relevant to the performance measure in the latter case. Thus as the performance measures can be different, the rational agent may make different actions.
Perhaps that is the answer, but I am still confused on why it matters that the performance measure is concerned with only a finite sequence of initial time steps. My interpretation of the question seems to make that irrelevant. Only the fact that the performance measure has some historical factor is of any concern.
Can anyone help clarify what is happening in this question?