[ExI] Life @ Playstation

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Mon Nov 5 11:18:37 UTC 2012

On 04/11/2012 20:05, Stefano Vaj wrote:
> On 4 November 2012 19:03, James Clement <clementlawyer at gmail.com 
> <mailto:clementlawyer at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Most geniuses of this caliber are not turned on by money or power,
>     but generally want to facilitate making their vision of the future
>     happen. Most of the ones I've met are humanitarian types.
> In principle, this is a simple Paretian (or Darwinian?) issue. In a 
> society where the best thief is king, those who are best mostly choose 
> to be thieves. Why shouldn't they?

Motivations are complex. People seek out roles not just based on their 
expected reward, but whether they fit with self image and a long list of 
criteria (often surprisingly badly researched even in smart people - how 
many people spend the same effort weighing future careers as selecting a 

Looking at this diagram of IQ ranges in occupations
it is clear that there is a prepoderance of higher status occupations in 
the smarter end. But not all of them are well paid - college professors 
are on par with legal occupations, but the latter pay far better. Same 
thing with highschool teachers and finance/accounting, and so on. Also 
worth noting is that intelligent people can be found in nearly all 
occupations: there are fewer in the low-status ones, but still some.

The smarter you are, the more options you have.

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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