The Reality of Emergence

I think everything would've been better (more work, more discussion, more credibility) if the whole thing had been in academia from the beginning.

Another unfortunate factor was Eliezer's crazy emphasis on secrecy in the early days.

Academia can be terribly inefficient though. There were hundreds of academic papers on electronic cash before Bitcoin and none of them went anywhere in terms of deployment and commercial success, nor did any of them propose something architecturally close to Bitcoin. Similarly there were dozens of academic papers on the Absent Minded Driver problem but all that work didn't get very far. Since lots of very smart people go into academia, it seems that there's something wrong with the incentives in academia that prevents people from making the kind of progress that we've seen on these topics outside of academia. If Eliezer went into academia he may have fallen prey to the same kinds of problems.

The Reality of Emergence

by DragonGod 5 min read19th Aug 201747 comments

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