RE: AGI funding (was Re: Some bad news)

From: Rafal Smigrodzki (
Date: Thu Nov 07 2002 - 09:19:30 MST

Ben wrote:
> I wonder if they're a good way to "personalize" peoples' connections
> with AGI, in a similar way. We can't have each person sponsor their
> own AGI, of course -- that will be reserved for the *really big*
> donations ;-p

### Yes, you can - offer detailed week-by-week (or even daily) updates for
qualifying donors. Let people feel they are close to the making of history
(or at least an honest attempt).

Currently, being a fellow, I have a wonderful research job, and about 20% of
the income of the colleagues from my residency (after only a few months the
glaring difference is obvious). However, in less than two years I will join
other people with grown-up jobs (hopefully retaining a lot of the fun I have
now), and at that time I will quite seriously think about contributing my 5%
to the welfare of mankind. Since building the AGI is for me light-years
ahead of helping starving children in a piecemeal way, I could become a

However, as I said, I (and probably other likely donors) would need to have
a tangible feeling of participation, a feeling that the money does achieve a
worthy goal. Of course, lapel buttons and other schwag would be nice, too.


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