Our current, limited deep knowledge is screaming the warning signs at us. We know that humans will write the moral code for multiple uses of artificial intelligence that could fundamentally change the lives of present and future human generations. Yet human society has a notoriously bad track record, over thousands of years, when it comes to agreeing philosophically on a shared moral code. We know that genetic engineering, if implemented incorrectly, could exacerbate inequality to unconscionable levels and potentially incubate eugenic societies. We know that rising sea levels directly correlated to anthropomorphic climate change will lead to the sinking of small island nations in the present, and larger land-masses in the future. Which institutions are fully focused on solving these problems over the long term, without distraction and incentivization to instead satisfy immediate, and often conflicting concerns?
There surely aren’t enough. Legacy institutions, governments, think-tanks, NGO’s, and corporations, even at their best and most moral, are overburdened and often designed insufficiently for the 21st century.
It is essential to supplement these systems with separate, empowered institutions that can exclusively focus on looking at the set of problems requiring proactive and longer-term solutions.