Re: Budapest Open Access Initiative

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Mar 23 2002 - 10:09:49 MST

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> Billionaire George Soros has initiated a movement aimed at securing free
> Internet access to scientific research papers for all people in the world.

Actually, I believe it would be more accurate to say that the Soros
Foundation jumped onto the bandwagon which, as I recall, was started rolling
(at least in the CogSci community) by Steven Harnad, though perhaps LANL
should go down as true initiator. (Still, I think it was Harnad who
proposed applying the LANL model to the entire Literature and who organized
the debates in the academic community and so on.)

> Of course, I realize that Soros's (and my) point of view may grate against
> some of the more libertarian members of this list.

Um... sorry, Ben, but I'll have to mark you down for this one. You seem to
have some pretty odd views of what libertarianism is about. Anyway, I
haven't had the time to be an active supporter of opening the Literature or
participate in any of the debates, but I'm cheering like crazy from the

Go LANL! Go Cogprints! Go Citeseer!

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

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