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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).