On one hand, it would capture part of the negative externality in the market pricing. And the money could be used to finance AI safety research.
On the other hand, maybe AI companies would think their responsability are limited to paying that tax and that's it.
It might also be hard to implement and enforce. What counts as AI? Which part of the profit was made because of the AI component?
What other considerations are there? What do you think of this idea? How desirable and feasible is it? Has anyone written on this?
Motivations for asking:
- Get people to think about this
- Improve my understanding of economics