AI Safety Through Artistic Intervention

Performance-based campaign exposing AI risks in the entertainment industry

Updated June 29, 2023

Campaign Idea

  • Stage thought-provoking, scripted “failures” of advanced AI systems in live entertainment shows as a warning against the dangers of AI.

Campaign Description

  • Activists will infiltrate major entertainment events, such as TV shows and live concerts, and interrupt them with performances rooted in the failure of advanced AI systems, showcasing the risks and potential consequences. These interventions will spark public debate and force the entertainment industry to consider supporting alternative governance systems.

Theory for Why This Campaign Will Create Change

  • By integrating the campaign into the entertainment industry, the message will reach a large and diverse audience. The dramatic nature of the performances will create a sense of urgency and force the industry to consider its role in mitigating the risks of AI systems.

Sample Viral Social Media Post from the Campaign

“We brought tonight’s entertainment to a shocking halt to expose the realities of advanced #AI risks. It’s time to support alternative governance systems for a safer future! #AISafetyThroughArt”

Sample Press Release Announcing Campaign to Media

  • “AI Safety Through Artistic Intervention is a bold new performance-based campaign exploring the risks and dangers of advanced AI systems. By infiltrating and disrupting entertainment events, we aim to spark a public conversation about the necessity for alternative governance systems.”

Story Written in the First Person Perspective

  • I knew that AI had the potential to shape our world in unimaginable ways, but I never thought I would become an activist to expose its risks. It all began when I noticed how the entertainment industry was blindly embracing AI without considering the dangers. I knew a change was needed, so I decided to take action. After countless successful disruptions, society started transitioning towards alternative governance systems that value human well-being over technological progress.

How Will Opponents to This Campaign Try to Stop It

  • Opponents, mainly those benefiting from the current status quo or those with vested interests in the development of advanced AI systems, will attempt to discredit the campaign as a publicity stunt or argue that the risks are overstated.

How Should Activists Respond to Opponent’s Attempts to Stop It

  • Activists should provide well-researched evidence and counterarguments to refute claims made by opponents. They should also emphasize the inherent dangers that advanced AI systems pose if not adequately governed, and invite a public debate on the topic.

What Are the Steps Necessary to Launch the Campaign

  1. Extensive research: Investigate the potential risks and consequences of advanced AI systems.
    • Suggestion: Consult experts in the field.
  2. Develop the performance: Create dramatic and thought-provoking performances that integrate AI failure scenarios.
    • Suggestion: Collaborate with performers and artists.
  3. Infiltrate events: Identify and target major entertainment events for campaign execution.
    • Suggestion: Use social media to recruit like-minded individuals.
  4. Disseminate information: Share videos, photographs, and articles via social media to increase awareness and spark debate.
    • Suggestion: Use hashtags to make the campaign easily searchable.
  5. Engage with the opposition: Be prepared to counter any claims made by opponents to the campaign.
    • Suggestion: Develop a comprehensive fact sheet for activists to use as a reference.

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