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Perhaps. There is a chance that directly lobbying politicians could help, but there's also a chance that actions end up being net-negative. It would be great if we could slow down AI, but doing so might simple mean that a nation less concerned about safety produces AI first. We could ask them to pass regulations or standards related to AGI, but passing ineffective regulation might interfere with passing more effective regulation later down the track as people may consider the issue dealt with. Or the requirements of complying with bureaucracy might prove to be a distraction from safe AI.

If you are concerned about this issue, you should probably try learning as much about this issue as possible and also spend a lot of time brainstorming downside risks and seeing what risks other people have identified.