[extropy-chat] Save the World

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Mon Feb 12 00:31:53 UTC 2007

Darin Sunley wrote:
> Is it possible that Branson /knows/ this, and is hoping that a 25
> million dollar bit of research now will net him hundreds of billions
> of dollars 25-50 years from now? Who ends up with ownership of the
> winning process anyways?

He would be a bad businessman if he did not see profit potential in
reducing the climate change problem. Given that his main investments are
in airlines, and airlines are particularly criticised by the anti-cc
people, anything that improves his green cred and might produce ways of
reducing the problem is a good thing. 25 million dollars is peanuts when
you look at it from that angle.

If only more businesses acted like that. Traditional science funding seems
to promote traditional solutions, while prizes gets the creativity out of
the woodwork.

Anders Sandberg,
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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