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157 Post author: Yvain 27 August 2012 03:36AM

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Comment author: RichardKennaway 20 September 2012 12:37:18PM *  3 points [-]

Yudkowsky's luck consisted of having a billionaire friend (Peter Thiele) who bankrolled SIAI

How did he acquire such a friend, and who convinced him to bankroll SIAI?

Comment author: gwern 19 September 2012 09:52:47PM 3 points [-]

SIAI over its history (you can look at the Form 990s if you want) has gotten maybe half or less its budget from Thiel. Where's the rest coming from? Lady Luck's charitable writeoffs?

Still, at least you seem to have dropped your claim that SIAI or LW is a homeschooling propaganda front...

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 20 September 2012 11:23:28AM 2 points [-]

It's my impression that "front group" as typically used refers to a hidden/covert connection. LessWrong on the other hand has the logos/links for CFAR, SI and the Future of Humanity Institute displayed prominently.

Comment author: [deleted] 20 September 2012 11:13:07AM 1 point [-]

<nitpick>Thiel</nitpick>

Comment author: shminux 19 September 2012 08:45:24PM *  -1 points [-]

What would have happened if he didn't? How many times, do you think, other potential sponsors decided to pass? Seems like this is one of those cases where a person makes his own luck.