If they leave then only who does not care remains…
Not everyone concerned about safety is looking to leave.
The concerned have three options: stay and try to steer towards safety, continue moving on the current trajectory, or just leave.
Helping some of those who’ve changed their mind about capabilities gain actually get out is only a net negative if those people staying in the field would’ve changed the trajectory of the field. I simply don’t think that everyone should try help by staying and trying to change. There is absolutely room for people to help by just leaving, and reducing the amount of work going into capabilities gain.
Different paths will make sense for different people. There’s space to support both those researchers who’re trying to steer towards safety, and those who just want out. I’ve seen a lot of work towards the former, but almost none towards the latter. I want to speak to concerned researchers so that I can begin to better understand which individual researchers should indeed just leave, and which should stay.
I really don’t think the problem is overdetermined.
What’s stopping the companies from hiring a new researcher? People are queueing for tech jobs.
Researchers aren’t exactly fungible; replacing a skilled researcher with a new hire would still slow down progress. given how many people want to help, but have no idea how to help, this is a gap in the market worth filling.