What if, as a global community, we were collectively building a machine that was designed by a long dead genius? The machine took billions of people of people a number of generations to build and once done, the device would promptly explode, doing harm to the generations then present.
Now, some might argue, the comparison isn’t a good one.
What if more than 95% of the world’s leading engineers and physicists insisted that the device was a type of bomb the likes of which our species has never seen before? What if the policy driven rebuttal insisted that building the machine employed billions and thus was essential for the global economy? Historians might rebut that this dead genius showed no signs of malice, so we ought to trust the machine for our inevitable benefit.
Would we continue, without exploring other, less risky options?