Could an AGI have already been created and currently be affecting the world?

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A friend who *really* doesn't believe in vast global conspiracies was recently suggesting to me that, at the moment, it very much *looks* to her like there's some kind of vast act of global coordination going on. This led her to propose that someone may have already created an AGI, which is in its early stages of putting things into place for whatever it's going to do next. I.e., a lot of humans sincerely believe themselves to be acting in various ways for their own ends, but this is being subtly coordinated for some non-human purposes. Can we rule this out?

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Asked by: matthew1970
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Date: 2021/07/17