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I'm searching for examples of self-governance efforts to reduce technology risk. Do people have cases to suggest? The more similar to AI development the better.

Examples from academia:

  • Leo Szilard and other physicists coordinating to prevent Germany from obtaining atomic bomb data, 1939-1940
  • Various efforts in biotechnology:
    • Asilomar conference on recombinant DNA, 1975
    • Mutations Database Initiative, 1999-2001
    • Synthetic biology conferences SB1.0 and SB2.0, 2006
    • Biology journals discussing publication restrictions, 2001-2011

Examples from the commercial sector:

  • DNA synthesis companies screening orders and buyers, 2004-2012
  • Efforts by the nanotechnology companies in the US, UK and Europe, 2004-2007




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Maybe something about recommendation algorithms? Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. taking steps to clamp down on hate speech etc. Or to make their algorithms less racially biased etc.

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