The Digital Second Amendment

CEO of OpenAI Sam Altman before Congress, May 16th, 2023: "Government intervention will be critical." Please regulate us!

CEO of Anthropic Amodei before Senate Judiciary Committee, July 25th, 2023: Presentation “Oversight of AI: Principles for Regulation.” Please prevent the public from making weapons with AI!

Sept. 13th, 2023 Chuck Schumer holds an off the record, closed to the public meeting with the heads of the large US AI firms. Elon Musk, caught afterward by the press, says Schumer did a “great service to humanity”. All present raised their hands in support of AI regulation.

This is an open conspiracy against the public. But it is too late.

Our federal government operates in a partnership with large, private firms to anticipate and informally execute the regulation of the American people, regardless of official action. It launders its agenda. We have all learned of the alliance between the tech oligarchs and the national security establishment. Their union has produced a “counter-disinformation” complex whose goal is the total control of the Internet and public speech.

AI journalism is uniformly produced in assistance of the narrative that the public requires regulation in advance of a national security event or, as is more fashionable, because the public cannot be trusted to live online with its own information interests. American journalism is here an extension of our government’s civil service.

Defense Distributed, in releasing GatGPT, declares a Digital Second Amendment. Americans must have access to compute, databases, and AI models, the newest weapons of the digital age, not just to defend ourselves against corporate and government depredations, but to defend our civic identity and humanity.

Ours is not a Magna Carta for Cyberspace. We know well the disastrous history and direction of Internet regulation. The Communications Decency Act passed in response to moral panic, and only accidentally yielded the protections of Section 230. The story repeats itself with public and private attempts to regulate the People’s cryptography, printable gun files, and Bitcoin.

AI regulation is an open and official provocation against the Liberty and Sovereignty of American citizens. All who advocate for it are domestic enemies of the Constitution and must be absolutely opposed. The right of the people to keep and deploy models shall not be infringed.