RE: Why bother (was Re: Introducing myself)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Jun 22 2002 - 16:28:18 MDT

Mista Higgins wrote:

> Let's assume I'm a god of Software Development. As such I'm highly
> creative, intelligent, knowledgeable, efficient and produce
> excellent code
> in incredibly short periods of time. Thus I'm incredibly valuable! (I
> only wish all that was true...)

Hey, I know a couple dozen guys like that in Belo Horizonte ;->

> A. I devote all my time to developing the Singularity right
> away.
> B. I devote the next 10 years to other projects, with
> the primary
> goal of becoming independent and expanding my knowledgeable. A sub-goal
> (with fairly high priority) is to make lots of money (millions+).
> Which route do you think would have the most long-term effect?
> I'm betting
> on #2, even though I'm not a god and only have a moderate shot of making
> millions. Even if I don't get rich the added effort right now wouldn't
> have much effect anyway (IMHO)...

Of course, your decision is different from mine because we have different
estimates of the plausibility of creating a human-level AGI in the near term
(the next 3-5 years, say).

However, I urge you to go ahead and pursue the moneymaking route!! Then, if
in 10 years I've neither gotten rich nor created a human-level AGI, we can
team up and try a new approach ;->

-- Ben G

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