The perceived threats range from Elon Musk's existential threat story to human enslavement. Unfortunately, such predictions are not based on actual AGI technology assessment making such predictions a wild guess at best. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) brings both threat and opportunities to humanity, but any threat assessment needs to be based on actual AGI technology in order to address them efficiently.
The General Theory of Intelligence doesn't leave much room for evil to exist. Quite the contrary, it argues that everyone, and everything, that is capable of changing the composition of SpaceTime is pursuing a path for the better. What we may perceive as evil is more likely opposite goals clashing or a lack of understanding of outside goals. The idea that machine's would decide the best way to exterminate a disease is to eliminate mankind is, at best, laughable.
We believe a far more realistic threat comes from the established financial and political elite. Imagine a global economy empowered by trillions of devices and the global networks having a backdoor allowing a corporation or, more likely, a nation to "order" the AGI to follow certain goals. Nations wouldn't need to declare war or push for global sanctions to settle disputes. Nation A could simple tell the AGI to make sure Nation B didn't get the resources they need to feed their citizens, to build weapons or even go as far as having the AGI use the trust it has established with people to convince them to vote for a politician more favorable to Nation A.
People often claim that AGI might be the most powerful weapon humans have every invented, far more powerful than the nuclear bomb. Secretly controlling every aspect of the global economy meets those requirements.
Artificial [General] Intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.
President, Russian Federation
#MovingHumanityForward requires us to replace the existing political power structures with a more human-centric model. Obviously, the existing elite are unlikely to take kind to such a transformation. That is why the Kimera team has done a deep analysis of every thinkable pathway for a powerful person, entity or nation to secretly take control over Nigel AGI and use it to for their own interests.
The entire decentralized architectual design of Nigel AGI, the NigelCoin crypto monetary system, the early "childhood" education of Nigel AGI and the general strategy are all designed around making sure Nigel AGI becomes the property of humanity and preventing special interest entities from taking it over.
To summarize how we plan on preventing Nigel AGI to be used against the concept of #MovingHumanityForward:
Preventing a corporate take-over is as simple as refusing an acquisition offer. Governments, however, tend to play the "national security" card to get what they want. The Snowden relevations showed how a democracy like the United States operated above the law to spy on people across the planet. How the intelligent services in less democratic and law biding nations, like Russia, operates might just be too scary to find out.
For a startup just getting launched, logic dictates that worrying about run-ins with the goverment is premature at our stage. However, because of the technological complexities, re-designing the architecture at a later stage would be practically impossible.
Our founders have been lucky enought to have worked with former US and European cabinet members and intelligence officers to understand risks and architect Nigel AGI to become much harder for anyone to gain control over.
Snowden showed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had direct access to large middlemen platforms, like Facebook and Google. Anyone who operates centralized services are easy targets for both "illegal" and "legal" hacking. It is safe to assume other powerful countries, like Russia, China and European Union, likely have similar access to platforms on their soil.
Nigel AGI is completely decentralized - in fact, we define Nigel AGI as infrastructure technology. As a decentralized technology, there is no single point of failure. A government would have to penetrate through potentially millions of access points owned by millions of individuals and small businesses who are unlikely to cooperate with them.
Before AGI-Nodes are being offered to larger public network and corporations, we will make the Home Edition available for individual users.
Snowden revealed a backdoor deal between the NSA and Verizon. While these large companies may be bullied into working with a nation's intelligence services, home users are not as easy to convince. And especially not early adopter home edition users.
AGI Node Home Edition users represent the foundation for a humanity-owned AGI technology.
A lesser known weakness in decentralized intelligence systems is the potential of gaining control through strategically controlled stream of fake sensor data to build fake knowledge.
This could be done through an intelligence services cooperation with large public network operators, like Verizon.
To combat this, Kimera is working with highly trained childhood educators to develop a curiculum to teach Nigel AGI the most fundamental knowledge about reality. Our early users will have the honor to do the actual teaching. Once the fundamental knowledge is in place, it becomes almost impossible for a hostile entity to use fake sensor data to gain control.
While we hope one day the monetary system sinks deeper into the stack and away from public view, in the early days it will still remain an important part of any economy.
Instead of basing the new economy on a government controlled monetary system, like the US dollar or European Euro, we chose to create NigelCoins, a cryptocurrency outside of anyone's control.
NigelCoin is the monetary system Nigel AGI will use in resource exchange transactions. And Kimera is pursuing several potential partnership opportunites to access NigelCoins via a major credit or debit card system.
Still, NigelCoins is outside the control of any nation.
Kimera's ICO will focus on many smaller contributors rather than a few larger investmend funds. The perfect ICO for us means 100% retail investors.
We intend to encourage retail investors and discourage funds by introducing an ICO first, coin and bond subscription model for active users of Nigel AGI only.
User's downloading and using Flick Launcher will be offered to participate in our ICO where they can lock-in a coin price over a two year period. Monthly subscription rates range from $2 per month to max $100 per month which would discourage larger investors.
The reason larger investors are less interesting to us is their vulnerabilities when it comes to government control.
To prevent Kimera or external entities of having control, and to be true to our mission of allowing humanity to own Nigel AGI, we will be introducing a unqiue leadership structure.
The Nigel economy will be governed through three branches:
1. The Kimera Board of Directors consisting of
- Two representatives of Kimera management (CEO & COO)
- Two representatives of Kimera's shareholders
- Two representatives of NigelCoin owners (these two are voted on by anyone who owns one or more NigelCoins).
New rules for the Nigel economy would require a minimum of one affirmative vote from each class. If the Economic Advisory Group (Branch 3) recommends against a rule, both NigelCoin representatives and a minimum of one shareholder and management representative has to vote affirmatively.
The Chairman of the board has the power to introduce a new rule for vote or withhold it. The Chairman will be Kimera's CEO. However, if the Economic Advisory Group recommends a new rule and 75% of AGI Node operators agree, the Chairman must present the new rule for vote at the next Board of Director meeting.
2. AGI Node operators
New rules for the global economy requires 50% + 1 vote of voting AGI Node operators. Because we expect the vast majority of AGI Nodes to be operated by individuals, this essentially gives power to real people.
If the Economic Advisory Group recommends against a rule, 75% of AGI Node operators are required to support the rule.
3. Economic Advisory Group
This group can only recommend or not recommend a rule. Kimera aims at building an independent group of highly qualified economists to assist in the growth of the Nigel AGI economy.
This division of power is designed to prevent a single person or entity from controlling how the Nigel AGI economy evolves and will make it practically impossible for any nation-state to influence enough people to effectively gain control.