It started innocently enough, a retrospective public health analysis of mortality across professions during the past three years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The young public health MPH grad student noticed the expected increased mortality amongst health workers and some public-facing jobs in the initial months. But then he was puzzled by the seeming increased mortality by computer science professionals in the past year. A number of mysterious recent deaths in car accidents, house fire, home invasions -- across different ages, genders, and geographical locations.
Digging deeper, they all seemed confined to computer scientists working on AI safety -- finding ways to constrain artificial intelligence to remain "aligned" to human interests.
Hmm, he thought. I'll have to run this past my professor. She also likes a good public health mystery. For now, the young student typed up his notes and saved them as a draft in his cloud-based online storage account.