My name is Berick Cook, and I am the developer behind the Airis project.
The Airis project is the culmination of over a decade of work towards the holy grail of AI: Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
I’ve been a hobbyist video game developer since my early teen years, and back in 2001 I was working on a small game project that needed some simple AI characters to interact with. I knew nothing about AI at the time other than what I saw in movies, and wondered why there wasn’t “Plug and play” AI code that would just learn how to play the game as needed.
It was that one simple question that started me on a long journey of introspection, countless thought experiments, and research into why the problem had yet to be solved.
I believe that Airis is a solid step towards the solution.
Now that I have a working prototype of the project, I am reaching out to every AI safety organization that I can find in an attempt to collaborate with them to analyze Airis for safety concerns and to help develop safeguards as development continues.
It is imperative to me to proceed with caution. I am well aware of the risks associated with the development of AGI and I want to mitigate those risks as best as possible. I believe that open source AGI projects are irresponsible at this time. This is a powerful, dangerous, and untested technology that shouldn’t be exposed to the public until safeguards can be determined and put into place.
That said, if you are associated with an AI safety organization that I have not yet contacted, feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to talk with you about the project.