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The following is a response to a query about funding on the self-aware AI mailing list at topica.com. I am cross-posting to the extropian list in hopes it will be of interest to others. Thank you for your input!
I started brainstorming...
Is there anything I missed?
Optimally, these sources could be combined. For example, receiving a fellowship to do research at a university, being paid a stipend, receiving government grants and awards from professional associations, and as the icing on the cake, having some corporation take interest in your project and provide additional funding.
I am going to create a web site with resources of interest to researchers in many fields including AI, which I should have ready some time in January. I think funding opportunities would be a great asset, so I will do some investigating in this area.
Some of the sources of funding will be for established research groups at universities. Others will be for research at government institutions. Yet others might be awarded to individual/independent investigators.
What goals should we pursue here?
The latter is my hope for Extropian Technologies, which alas, is only an Internet Services and Technology Consulting company at the moment. Come to think of it, our commercial enterprise might indeed involve Internet services and technology consulting, though at an entirely different scale. =)
My feeling is that these options might be best exercised chronologically from first to last. First, we get involved in research at universities. Then we'll run our own labs or programs there, and create the opportunity for collaboration with other institutions. Eventually, we'll be in a position to launch a joint project and create a new research institution. We'll lease a few patents, contract at some corporate think tanks, and gain enough industry experience to make the commercial transition a successful one.
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