AI is a technology that lends itself to a single person being able to discover something profound that could have immense ramifications. Imagine for a second that you were in your room and you figured out a way to create AI thousands of times smarter than humans that runs on a PC. What would you then do?
Would you take your discovery to a government? They would just steal it from you and use it for their own purposes. Would you just let the whole world know about it? Would you somehow use it for something?