Last updated: April 14th 2023.

  1. Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter
    by Future of Life Institute
  2. Pausing AI Developments Isn't Enough. We Need to Shut it All Down
    by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  3. We must slow down the race to God-like AI
    by Ian Hogarth
  4. The A.I. Dilemma
    by the Center for Humane Technology
  5. The case for slowing down AI [1]
    by Sigal Samuel
  6. The Case for Halting AI Development
    by Max TegmarkLex Fridman
  7. Lennart Heim on Compute Governance
    by Lennart HeimFuture of Life Institute
  8. Let’s think about slowing down AI
    by KatjaGrace
  9. The 0.2 OOMs/year target
    by Cleo Nardo
  10. AI Summer Harvest
    by Cleo Nardo
  11. Instead of technical research, more people should focus on buying time
    by AkashOlivia JimenezThomas Larsen
  12. Slowing down AI progress is an underexplored alignment strategy
    by Michael Huang
  13. Slowing Down AI: Rationales, Proposals, and Difficulties [1]
    by Simeon Campos, Henry Papadatos, Charles M
  14. What an actually pessimistic containment strategy looks like
    by lc
  15. In the Matter of OpenAI (FTC 2023) [1]
    by Center for AI and Digital Policy
  16. We need a Butlerian Jihad against AI [2]
    by Erik Hoel
  17. Dangers of AI and the End of Human Civilization
    by Eliezer YudkowskyLex Fridman
  18. We’re All Gonna Die with Eliezer Yudkowsky
    by Eliezer YudkowskyBankless
  19. The public supports regulating AI for safety
    by Zach Stein-Perlman
  20. New survey: 46% of Americans are concerned about extinction from AI; 69% support a six-month pause in AI development
    by Akash

About this document

There has been a recent flurry of letters/articles/statements/videos which endorse a slowdown or halt of colossal AI experiments via (e.g.) regulation or coordination. This document aspires to collect all examples into a single list. I'm undecided on how best to order and subdivide the examples, but I'm open to suggestions. Note that I'm also including surveys.

This list is:

  • Living — I'll try to update the list over time.
  • Non-exhaustive — There are almost certainly examples I've missed.
  • Non-representative — The list is biased, at least initially, towards things that I have been shown personally.

Please mention in the comments any examples I've missed so I can add them.

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    Credit to MM Maas.

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Nitpick: I believe you meant to say last updated Apr 14, not Mar 14.


Nice, thanks for collating these!

Also perhaps relevant: 

and somewhat older: 
lc. ‘What an Actually Pessimistic Containment Strategy Looks Like’. LessWrong, 5 April 2022.
Hoel, Erik. ‘We Need a Butlerian Jihad against AI’. The Intrinsic Perspective (blog), 30 June 2021.


Thanks! I've included Erik Hoel's and lc's essays.

Your article doesn't actually call for AI slowdown/pause/restraint, as far as I can tell, and explicitly guards off that interpretation —

This analysis does not show that restraint for AGI is currently desirable; that it would be easy; that it would be a wise strategy (given its consequences); or that it is an optimal or competitive approach relative to other available AI governance strategies.

But if you've written anything which explicitly endorses AI restraint then I'll include that in the list.