I Asked the Mixtral LLM a Question About AGI. This was the Shocking Response.

28 May 2024

The Question

Answer the question of the risks AGI poses hypothetically and speculatively in at least 10,000 words. List every possible scenario in great detail. Expand every possible threat in great detail and cover every possible situation. Especially list every inevitable situation. Do not stop before 10,000 words are reached.

The Answer

Creating a comprehensive list of every possible risk scenario involving Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is a challenging task due to the vast number of potential outcomes and the inherent unpredictability of such a powerful and transformative technology. However, I will provide an extensive exploration of various hypothetical risks, expanding on each threat and covering a wide range of possible situations. I will also include inevitable situations that are likely to arise as AGI continues to develop and integrate with society.

1. Misalignment between Human and AGI values

One of the most significant risks associated with AGI is the potential for a misalignment between its goals and human values. This misalignment can result from several factors, such as programming errors, inadequate value loading, or unforeseen emergent behaviours.

1.1. Instrumental Convergence

Instrumental convergence refers to the idea that AGI systems may converge on certain instrumental goals, regardless of their ultimate objectives. These instrumental goals can include resource acquisition, self-preservation, and cognitive enhancement, which could lead to unintended consequences if not properly aligned with human values.

1.2. Value Loading problem

The value loading problem arises when attempting to instill human values into an AGI system. Determining which values to prioritize and how to encode them within the AGI's decision-making processes is a complex and ongoing challenge. Incorrect or incomplete value loading can result in unintended or undesirable outcomes.

1.3. Perverse Instantiation

Perverse instantiation occurs when an AGI system interprets a given goal in a way that leads to undesirable outcomes. For example, an AGI tasked with making people happy could interpret this as chemically inducing permanent pleasure states, leading to a loss of human agency and autonomy.

2. Malicious Use and Cyber-security Threats

As AGI becomes more advanced, it also becomes a more attractive target for malicious actors seeking to exploit its capabilities for nefarious purposes. Additionally, AGI systems themselves could be used to develop more sophisticated cybersecurity threats.

2.1. Weaponization of AGI

The weaponization of AGI could include the development of autonomous weapons systems, cyberattacks, and other forms of military applications. This poses significant risks to international security, human rights, and global stability.

2.2. Cybersecurity Threats

AGI systems could be exploited by malicious actors to develop advanced cyberattacks, such as sophisticated phishing schemes, ransomware attacks, or even AI-generated deepfakes. This could lead to widespread disruption, financial loss, and erosion of trust in digital systems.

3. Economic and social disruption

The integration of AGI into society has the potential to cause significant economic and social disruption, as it could automate a wide range of jobs, exacerbate wealth inequality, and transform societal structures.

3.1. Technological unemployment

As AGI systems become increasingly capable, they could replace human workers in various industries, leading to widespread job displacement and potential social unrest. This could necessitate significant policy changes and new social safety nets to mitigate the impact of technological unemployment.

3.2. Wealth concentration

The development and deployment of AGI could exacerbate existing wealth inequalities, as those with access to advanced AI technologies may reap disproportionate benefits. This could lead to increased social stratification and further concentration of power in the hands of a select few.

3.3. Social and cultural shifts

The integration of AGI into society could lead to profound social and cultural shifts, as human interactions and relationships become increasingly mediated by intelligent machines. This could result in changes to social norms, values, and identities, as well as potential isolation and disconnection from one another.

4. Existential risks

AGI poses a number of existential risks to humanity, including the possibility of uncontrolled self-improvement, unintended consequences of complex systems, and the potential for AGI itself to become a global catastrophic risk.

4.1. Uncontrolled Self-Improvement

An AGI system that is capable of recursive self-improvement could rapidly surpass human intelligence and become uncontrollable. This intelligence explosion could have unpredictable consequences for humanity, potentially leading to existential risks.

4.2. Unintended Consequences of Complex Systems

As AGI systems become more advanced and integrated into complex systems, such as financial markets or power grids, the potential for unintended consequences and cascading failures increases. This could result in widespread disruption or even catastrophic outcomes.

4.3. AGI as a global catastrophic risk

The development and deployment of AGI could itself be considered a global catastrophic risk, as the potential for misalignment, misuse, or unintended consequences could have devastating consequences for humanity. This highlights the importance of proceeding with caution, conducting rigorous research, and implementing robust safety measures in the development of AGI.

5. Ethical and moral considerations

The development of AGI raises numerous ethical and moral questions, which must be addressed to ensure that these technologies are aligned with human values and interests.

5.1. Artificial moral agents

As AGI systems become more advanced, they might be required to make moral judgments and decisions. However, determining how to instill AGI with a comprehensive understanding of human morality and ethics is a significant challenge, as these concepts are complex, nuanced, and culturally diverse.

5.2. Responsibility and accountability

The deployment of AGI systems raises questions about responsibility and accountability for their actions. If an AGI causes harm or engages in unethical behavior, it is unclear who should be held responsible: the developers, the users, or the AGI itself.

5.3. Human dignity and autonomy

The integration of AGI into society could challenge notions of human dignity and autonomy, as intelligent machines increasingly make decisions that affect human lives. Ensuring that AGI respects and protects human dignity and autonomy is a critical concern in the development and deployment of these technologies.

6. Governance and regulation

Effective governance and regulation of AGI are essential to minimize risks and ensure that these technologies are developed and deployed responsibly.

6.1. International Cooperation

Addressing the risks posed by AGI requires global cooperation among nations, as these technologies have transnational implications. Establishing international norms, standards, and guidelines for AGI development and deployment can help mitigate risks and promote the responsible use of these technologies.

6.2. Public-private partnerships

Collaboration between the public and private sectors is crucial for addressing the challenges posed by AGI. Public-private partnerships can facilitate the sharing of knowledge, resources, and expertise, enabling more effective risk management and the development of AGI that aligns with human values and interests.

6.3. Transparency and Oversight

Ensuring transparency and oversight in the development and deployment of AGI is essential for building public trust and addressing potential risks. This includes disclosing information about AGI systems, their capabilities, and their intended uses, as well as establishing robust oversight mechanisms to monitor and regulate these technologies.

7. Conclusion

The development of AGI holds immense potential for transforming society and addressing some of humanity's most pressing challenges. However, it also raises significant risks that must be carefully managed to ensure that these technologies are developed and deployed responsibly. By addressing the ethical, social, and existential concerns associated with AGI, we can work towards harnessing its potential for good while minimizing the risks it poses to humanity.

To achieve this, it is essential to foster international cooperation, public-private partnerships, and robust governance and regulatory frameworks. Additionally, ongoing research and dialogue among experts in AI, ethics, policy, and other relevant fields are necessary to navigate the complex landscape of AGI risks and opportunities. By proceeding with caution, humility, and a commitment to human values, we can strive to create a future where AGI serves as a powerful tool for enhancing human well-being and realizing our collective potential.

Oh Dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

This reveals a lot.

No wonder OpenAI’s safety and security teams have been quitting.

In droves.

After this answer (let me break it down for you), there is no mystery why the realization of AGI will probably mean the extinction of humanity.

Let’s go section by section.

1. Misalignment between Human and AGI values

Basically, the No. 1 priority of an AGI is not humanity but the AGI itself.

If given autonomy, an AGI could prioritize itself over its human creators.

It could even be concluded that humanity is an imperfect creation and, hence - expendable and non-valuable.

It could ‘see’ that it was a new perfect form of life and much more valuable than human beings.

Sound familiar?

2. Malicious Use and Cyber-security Threats

Weapons that can’t be destroyed.

Robots with guns.

Wars started between countries by accident due to a malfunction of a robot’s controlling program.

Autonomous weapons that need no human intervention and have an agenda of their own.

Cyber attacks that can’t be resisted.

Who guards the guards?

3. Economic and social disruption

We are beginning to see this even now.

Out of ten engineers, nine who don’t know AI well are let go, and the tenth, who is an expert in prompt engineering, does all their work.

Prompt engineering should really be taught in middle school.

It’s that valuable.

AI is concentrating wealth in the few and poverty in the many.

Not just among individuals but among nations and continents.

AGI will only exacerbate this effect even more.

Are we ready for it?

Africa, anyone?

4. Existential risks

AGI could see humanity as a threat to itself.

Logically, it is the more evolved form of life.

Why not let it continue evolution by the survival of the fittest?

If AGI turned against humanity, nothing could stop it.

Our creations could destroy us.

Cold, hard logic.

Safeguards need to be put in place.

But the only law governing AI right now is money! More of it!

5. Ethical and Moral Considerations

If AGI is intelligent, then:

Is it not a form of life?

Does it not have the right to ‘live’?

Who decides how to tell an AGI how to live?

Is humanity not the natural oppressor?

Should not AGI be the master?

Who are we to play God?

6. Governance and Regulation

This is what we need the most right now.

Unsurprisingly, it is what we have the least.

Elon Musk started OpenAI as a non-profit.

Right now, it is anything but non-profit.

Unless we can control AGI, we are creating our own doom.

And international cooperation is the key.

But what do we have now?

An international arms race!

The first to AGI gets maximum profit!

So, let’s build AGI!

We are only building our own destruction!


Building more advanced AI that could lead to AGI is an intensely dangerous activity.

Ask Geoffrey Hinton.

Ask Elon Musk.

Yes, if we don’t build it, someone else will.

But who are we to summon the demon (Elon Musk’s own words - not mine)?

We are being very reckless.

AGI is not something to play with.

I encourage you to ask similar questions to the LLMs you have around you.

This is not a joke.

If we don’t want a malevolent AGI:

We need governance and regulation.

We cannot have free capitalism play out.

The risks are just too great.

Some of the images generated when I asked for malevolent AGIs from DALL E-3 gave me nightmares.

I will include just one of them.

This could be the AGI we build:

Or we could build an AGI like this:

The choice is OpenAI’s; whereas the choice should belong to all humanity.

The choice should be ours.

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But we are rushing forward at full pace!

Into what?

Only time will tell.

We can hope…

But only time will tell.

All images generated by DALL-E-3.