Smarter-than-human AI as a National Goal
The development of smarter than human AI could be made a national goal similar to the Manhattan Project or Apollo Project. This would likely significantly Accelerate the development of smarter than human AI.
The development of smarter-than-human AI by a state is probably preferable to its development privately, but less preferable than its development as a global public good.
Development as a global public good could occur either top down, such as the eradication of smallpox by the WHO, or bottom up, such as through OpenResearch. A difficulty with top down approach is there isn't presently a lead organization to take on the role (neither ICANNN, the IETF, nor ITU seem appropriate).