EDU: Institutes of Verification

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 7 Jan 1997 14:21:05 -0800 (PST)

Eliezer Yudkowsky writes:
>Note that the latter line is an Institute of Verification; you don't
>actually go there to learn, you go there to *have your learning
>verified*. If you haven't learned enough in school, you fail. Since
>verification is much less time-consuming than education, I of Vs can
>devote much more time and detail to the process, serve much larger
>populations, and present far more valuable information to employers.
>Stop the short circuit between education and verification, cheating
>employers and students alike!

You don't need anyone's permission to do this. If you are right, then
there is a profit to be made by starting such an Institute. Students
would be willing to pay a substantial amount to avoid the expense of
the extra unneeded schooling time.

I suspect, however, that you have vastly overestimate the wasted time
and the the ease of doing such testing.

Robin D. Hanson