Re: Adaptive Intelligence Inc - Incubation

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 21:31:48 MST

Dmitriy Myshkin wrote:
> Please tell me this is a joke?

That probably should have gone to Peter, not the list... no, it's not a
joke. There's no reason why the post shouldn't have gone to SL4. This is
a list for all Singularityfolk - technically, it has nothing to do with
SIAI at all; it's just one person's mailing list.

I'll admit that my first thought on seeing this was "Darn, he got there
first" - but on reflection, it isn't necessarily true that we're competing
for the same pool of programmers. SIAI's ideal programmer description
sounds something like this:

"Are you such an incredibly good programmer that you already have
basically as much money as you need, but you don't feel ready to give up
programming? Are you willing to work for a nonprofit at a small salary in
exchange for working on the coolest project in the entire history of
time? We need you! Or at least we'll need you once we have enough money
to hire a few people simultaneously, so you don't get stuck with an insane
amount of work. But we're collecting names."

>From our perspective, the hard part - or one of the hard parts - is
finding people like this who aren't already too settled down to move to
Atlanta. People who have already passed through their programmatic
apotheosis do sometimes tend to put down roots.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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