Re: SIAI: Donate Today and Tomorrow

From: Aleksei Riikonen (
Date: Fri Oct 22 2004 - 13:18:24 MDT

David Massoglia wrote:
> 4) Why are you relying on donations instead of concurrently doing
> something useful for humanity and make profits along the way so you
> don't have to rely on hand-outs so much?

SIAI needs to have researchers who work full-time. The problems worked on
are difficult and require focus. One person can't do terribly many things

And in fact, there are people who make money doing something else that's
(hopefully) useful for humanity, and then use this money to fund SIAI
research. A friend of mine, who's not especially wealthy but has a "normal"
job in terms of income, donates $400 each month and in addition to this
larger sums every now and then when enough funds accumulate.

I would not call this part of SIAI strategy "relying on hand-outs", but
dividing work so that some people can focus on primary research and others
on making money to fund that research.

But there are not very many of us. Please help.

Aleksei Riikonen -
Student of math and CS, University of Helsinki
SIAI supporter -
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