- Without Openness, there is no point;
- Without Debate, there is no point;
- Without Freedom, there is no point; and
- Without Habeas Corpus, there is no point.
In turn, my reasoning for such pronouncement goes as follows:
- An AI developed in secret is like a Doomsday Device developed in secret (see: Dr. Strangelove for amplification)
- Open debate is necessary to explore all possible risks and to divert from unintended and unanticipated consequences
- Neither should we be free from examining what is possible nor from engaging in valid scientific pursuit (while being tempered by moralistic circumspection), and
- We should place organic, sentient life and its needs at the base of any such exploration; we do not wish to be "disappeared" by an uncaring mechanistic intelligence
Such thinking has been the product of single-minded focus on both the goal and the possibility of Artificial Intelligence. As a Buddhist, I am happy to relinquish the focus of my attention when I realise that it is empty of any essential merit. We inhabitants of this planet have too many problems without compounding them with chasing after ill-advised ephemera such as AI.