RE: Singularity Institute - update

From: Ramez Naam (
Date: Wed Apr 30 2003 - 16:17:18 MDT

Instead of the roundabout strategy of writing a book on rationalism,
how about:
1) Writing a book on your AI and FAI ideas?
2) Publishing your AI and FAI ideas in AI journals?
3) Pursuing a PhD in AI? (which would force you to do #2)
Any or all of the above would have the advantages of:
a) Spreading your ideas to other people working in AI. FAI could go
from a project that you and a few other people are working on to a
mainstream consideration for AI work. This would seem to reduce the
overall risk of a non-friendly AI being inadvertently built by some
other AI research group.
b) Giving you more direct credibility. Scientific publications,
technical books, and mainstream credentials all increase your ability
to raise funds from private sources, acquire funds in the form of
grants, and convince others of your ideas.
A book on rationalism seems very low leverage to me. It doesn't
specifically target people with the skills to work on FAI or people
with the potential resources and inclination to help fund FAI.

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