Impressing Thiel is independent of a future degree or not, because he's already impressed. Where's the next billionaire going to come from, and will they coincidentally also be as contrarian as Thiel? Maybe MIRI doesn't need another billionaire, but I don't think they'd turn one away.

Impressing Thiel is independent of a future degree or not, because he's already impressed.

I think the deal that Eliezer has with Thiel is that Eliezer does MIRI full time. Switching focus to getting a degree might violate the deal. Gives that Thiel has a lot of money impressing Thiel more might also be very useful if they want more money from him.

Where's the next billionaire going to come from, and will they coincidentally also be as contrarian as Thiel?

Do you really think that someone who isn't contrarian will put his money into MIRI? The present... (read more)

Open thread, January 25- February 1

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read25th Jan 2014318 comments

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