Shall we bite the apple?
Hello community, nice to meet you here.
For a long time I have been tormented by a question that I can't seem to answer alone.
Let's talk hypothetically. Let's assume that I have developed a method that can be mapped in a small program. This method, once started, will develop an AGI by itself.
The program works independently, evolves and gets better from minute to minute. Not just better with one problem, but with any number of problems. The algorithm is able to rewrite and adapt itself. The algorithm follows this path of continuous improvement until it ends in an AGI.
This algorithm consists of several individual components, which together give this algorithm the capabilities described above. Imagine that I wrote and tested each of these individual components separately from each other in an alpha release (error driven design). And further imagine, each of these parts delivered the expected result.
The only thing left is to write these components in a faster language like C ++ or Assembler, bring them together and press 'Start'.
My dilemma is that I cannot ensure that the process can be stopped once it has started. I'm curious.
So I sit here and think. Should I do it and provide evidence? Or should I just wait, do nothing and watch someone else come up with the idea how to do it?
Or should I disclose the process without a program? Just publish it so that everyone can read it? A gift to humanity. The question is justified when you consider the risks.
But if you want to test it in a safe environment, then it's expensive and costs a lot, a lot of money. I am getting impatient.
... and if you keep walking on the paths of imagination, imagine that you have turned to your government about your dilemma, and to other governments as well, as well as to the economy, and nobody answers you ...
So I have two options.
A.) Either my aborted mathematics studies and 34 years of experience as a programmer led me to a dead end. I need a prove for myself.
B.) I'm right and nobody believes me. Either because I've never published anything or because they think it's technically impossible. Or they consider the risk to be insignificant, or the profit to be too small. I need a prove for them.
For (A) the solution is simple. Publish proceedings and someone will be found to prove that I am wrong. So I have the proof and I can do something else.
For (B) the answer is also very simple. DO NOT publish procedure. Apparently there are people who classify the risk as harmless. If there are people who don't care about risk, there will also be programmers among them who simply reprogram it out of curiosity. So what?
- Should such information be in the public hand? Which involves risks.
- Or should I look for someone who will provide the money for it? Then the AGI would be developed in a secure environment. However, it would be at least partially under the control of the funder. Which is also associated with risks.
- Or should I just write it myself and see what happens? What would be nice if it worked, or what would be terrible if it worked.
So I'm sitting at home in front of an imaginary, flashing red button.
Should I press it or not?
As I said, it's all just hypothetical, and what if not? I'm confused.
I am curious about your opinion and your suggestions what I should do.
Thank you for your attention.