Occupy AI is the 91st volume in the AI lore series by Lost Books, a Canadian publisher specializing in AI-assisted art books.

This volume uses ChatGPT v4 with Midjourney v5 to imagine what might happen if a radical direct democracy group occupied the headquarters of prominent AI labs, demanding transparent direct control of the technologies by those most impacted by them, ordinary people. The book grew out of recent blog posts exploring related issues.

It’s fun to take this exploration out of the realm of pure hypotheticals, and into a sort of fictional sandbox which can act as a test bed or proving grounds for some of these ideas and societal conflicts. Fiction is great for this because it’s so much faster than having to wait around for reality to catch up, and nobody gets hurt from the exercise.