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143 Post author: BrandonReinhart 02 May 2011 07:08AM

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Comment author: multifoliaterose 04 May 2011 06:14:07AM 4 points [-]

One relevant note: cost of living is quite high in the San Francisco Bay Area where Eliezer lives.

Comment author: Pavitra 04 May 2011 01:30:07PM 3 points [-]

One obvious workaround might be to live elsewhere. (What are the advantages of living there in particular? Better networking opportunities, maybe? That would certainly be worth the cost -- but might it be more efficient to instead have someone whose full-time job was networking to be the one living there, as opposed to someone mostly focused on theoretical research.)

Comment author: Carwajalca 04 May 2011 01:40:06PM *  4 points [-]

Splitting SIAI to separate geographic locations (polymaths in Cheapistan and some people doing networking in the Bay Area) would create costs in the sense that communication is more tedious with e-mails than face-to-face. I wouldn't want to split the working community either if I was working there (assuming that the community is good which I believe it is).

Your question about what the Bay Area benefits are, is a good one. Are there other benefits besides networking?

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 04 May 2011 01:50:52PM *  2 points [-]

communication is more tedious with e-mails than face-to-face

Skype is your third alternative. (I disagree with this argument, but agree with conclusion for other reasons.)