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Building on the following quote:
“Let’s suppose that after Gutenberg, there was his movement to say all books must be free. Nobody can charge for a book. But it’s okay for books to have advertisements. What we would have ended up with is advertisers determining what books there were. We would have ended up with this totally screwed up world. ”
…it strikes me that the same problem has occurred with research and universities. When Newt Gingrich and his cohort cut research funding to universities through various government programs, it opened the door to corporate partnerships with universities, of necessity. Did that enhance university research ( in a parallel to advertising supporting ‘free’), or skew it to narrower purposes. Is applied research, as a result, siphoning off pure research to the extent that applied research in the future will not be nourished by new insights when it needs to take the next step? Are we draining the well of future creativity?
The last sentence means everything to me “The problem is not the code. It’s not the engineering. It’s not the math. It’s the storytelling.” You are a TRUE ARTIST!
Mr. Lanier obviously has exceptional clarity in thought and easily debunked the mainstream AI Hocus Pocus crowd claims. Its encouraging to see that there are some good folks lacking sensationalism still working to make the world a better place. Much Good Luck!