From: Ben Goertzel (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 13:54:12 MST
James Rogers wrote:
> I wasn't actually talking about the Wall Street crowd. I meant people
> who actually build and run businesses.
Anyway, I do largely agree with your sentiment.
I used to have some ideas about the greedy & unethical nature of
Then a few years ago I realized that -- egads! -- I had become, among other
things, a businessperson myself. Furthermore, **some of my best friends
were businesspeople** !!! Scary huh?? ;-)
Surprise surprise, business can be done constructively or destructively,
like nearly anything else....
I am frustrated by the herd mentality of many businesspeople, and the lack
of vision. I wish more of them would see the promise of AGI and related
technologies. I wish more of them would be able to see beyond the short
term time horizon, even now in a temporary economic downturn. But you must
remember: short-sightedness and herd-following are not unique to
businesspeople. In fact, I'd reckon that the percentage of futurists among
businesspeople is higher than in the population as a whole....
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