What if the time constraint that is being mentioned is the approaching singularity? Its been reported that the reverse engineered tech has been with held because it would make the oil industry obsolete. What if the recently developed technology by humans is going to give us the means to force disclosure in an uncontrolled manner and the government is trying to get ahead of it before society goes haywire.
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Ray Kurzweil on Lex Fridman (1:36:11) Longish video