Re: Public Relations (and the Extropian Elite)

Howard Rothenburg (
Sun, 18 Jan 1998 22:12:59 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 18 Jan 1998, Technotranscendence wrote:

> >Coming back to reality, I've made several suggestions along these
> >lines before. ExI (or perhaps a spin-off) should dedicate themselves
> >to making sure the necessary research gets done, no matter what. I'm
> >100% sure that there are many extremely rich people out there who
> >would put vast amounts of money into life-extension and genetic
> >enhancement research.

We talk about governmental theory and revolution, but put our hopes in
some rich people saving us all by funding technology that would be good
for us and then making it widely available to everyone.

If the research is to happen according to the ideas stated in this
list, then the people who believe in that research will need to pool
their resources and invest in it themselves (with enough people, of
course, the individual commitment need not be large). Otherwise, the other
large investors will, as usual, redirect the research towards other ends.

As a more conventional approach, we should be able to find biotech startup
companies to invest in now. Several have made the news over the past year.
Some should be acceptable to list members. Nothing stops us from
identifying and supporting them now.