The US patent system is broadly considered to be broken, and patent-trolls make a healthy profit abusing it. Agressively pursuing and enforcing software patents does not strike me as a sufficient or desirable means to delaying AI timelines, but I can imagine it as tool in a sliding scale of deterrence options.
I haven't seen much discussion on this other than this question by CristianKI and there is some evidence that adversarial strategies are generally disfavored at MIRI (esp. the comment by AnnaSalamon), so I thought I'd ask:
- Is this a well-explored angle?
- Is MIRI able to pursue such a strategy, regardless of benefit?
- Are there enough positive value scenarios to merit further analysis?