Re: Eliezer is only nineteen years-old!!

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 04 Aug 1999 21:11:55 -0500

john grigg wrote:
> Eliezer,
> wow, so you are only nineteen!

Yes, but soon I'll be twenty. Soon I will no longer not be a teenager; instead I will not be a young adult. In just a month or so, I will not be part of a completely different social group! It makes me giddy just thinking about it! I just hope I can handle the transition.

> I imagined you being in your late fifties at
> least with a balding head and a professorship somewhere!!

Most people do.

> This is just
> amazing to me! I'm very curious about what college you attend and what your
> major is.

Let's just say that this question incorporates a false assumption and leave it at that, shall we?

> If you tell me you work as a gas station attendant and are not
> ambitious only wanting to learn about science for your own fun I will pass
> out!

No, although it does seem likely that I'll just get work as a computer programmer at some temp agency (or something) so I can do The Job in my spare time. Not having a life should cut down on expenses a bit.

> Anchorage has a fellow with an extremely high I.Q. that I read about
> in the paper who is perfectly content as a heavy equipment operator but his
> friends freak when they see all the books in his home about theoretical
> physics and chemistry!

This is news? Wonder what they'd make of a mutant supergenius.

> What is your career goal?

The Singularity, of course. What else?

> When I read the extropian
> song lyrics you wrote while inspired at a con I just thought "he's pretty
> hip for an old guy!"

Oh, that's wonderful! That really is wonderful! "Pretty hip for an old guy!" That goes on the list right next to "72-year-old Brooklyn grandmother" and "Someone who, if fringe, is at least not completely looney."

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Running on BeOS           Typing in Dvorak          Programming with Patterns
Voting for Libertarians   Heading for Singularity   There Is A Better Way