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Comment author: Locke 27 December 2011 04:12:38PM 10 points [-]

So, am I a second-class citizen because I found this place via MoR?

Anyways, I've been Homeschooled for the majority of my education thus far, mostly due to my Creationist parents' concerns about government-run schools. Fortunately they didn't think to censor the internet, and here I am. My PSATs showed me in the 98th percentile, so I expect I'll be able to get into a decent university. Plan A has always been Engineering, but after going through a few of the more inspirational sequences I think I may readjust my plans and try to do some good for this planet. How does one get into the Singularity business?

Comment author: thomblake 27 December 2011 04:33:08PM *  6 points [-]

So, am I a second-class citizen because I found this place via MoR?

I'm pretty sure that accounts for most of our new readership over the last year or so.

ETA: To actually answer the question, no.

How does one get into the Singularity business?

I'm pretty sure the preferred method here currently is #1 below, but here are some options:

  1. Make lots of money doing something else and then give it to SIAI.
  2. The lukeprog method: Be insanely awesome at scholarship and get tens of thousands of Lw karma in a few months and be generally brilliant and become a visiting fellow and wow everyone at SIAI.
  3. Go start your own Singularity. With blackjack. And hookers.

Also, I'm generally of the opinion that having been suddenly inspired by something you read recently should be evidence against that thing being what you should do with your life (assuming your prior is based on your feelings about it). You should check out some of the material by Anna Salamon on how to take that kind of decision seriously (I don't have a useful link handy).

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 27 December 2011 04:31:04PM 4 points [-]

How does one get into the Singularity business?

With great difficulty. And it's not clear whether there will be any repeat trade.

Comment author: Vaniver 27 December 2011 04:32:40PM 2 points [-]

How does one get into the Singularity business?

Engineering is actually not that bad a way. It's worth taking a look at computer science, but pretty much any technical field will be involved somewhere along the way.

Comment author: TimS 27 December 2011 04:28:31PM *  1 point [-]

Welcome to LessWrong.

So, am I a second-class citizen because I found this place via MoR?

I hope not. That's how I ended up here.

How does one get into the Singularity business?

Well, that depends a bit on what you think the Singularity is/will be.