RE: Activism vs. Futurism

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Sep 08 2002 - 21:09:39 MDT

> What you can see is that while our organization's purpose is
> simply stated,
> it requires a complex set of decisions and tradeoffs in order to
> maximize our
> progress towards it. What it all comes down to of course is whether or not
> the board is capable of making unbiased and rational decisions
> and tradeoffs...
> and I can't prove to you that we are. Which is why this thread is dead.
> --
> Brian Atkins
> Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Sure, Brian, I think I understand this.

I believe you guys are highly rational compared to most humans, but I also
think you are very far from unbiased on Singularity-related issues. But
hey, that's just my opinion ;)

For my own part, I would love to be able to spread my attention among
multiple approaches to AGI; and even more broadly, among AGI, neuroscience,
nanotechnology, fundamental physics and other areas that I'm passionate
about. But I've chosen to focus my energies on the one thing I think most
likely to bring excellent results reasonably rapidly -- due to my own
limited resources.

And I understand that a small organization like SIAI is in the same sort of
situation as I am as an individual. You don't have the resources to pursue
everything you think is valuable, and often resources are more valuable when
narrowly focused than when more broadly dispersed.

-- Ben G

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