poly: will the super-rich sponsor projects?

From: d.brin <brin@cts.com>
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 11:25:42 PST

>>Those who care more for absolute wealth than for relative wealth.
>>Is there any way to estimate how many such people are active investors?
>I can't see it. It's like fixing death (or making cryonics work). A few
>Gateses throwing a few billions at the problem would (maybe) make it go
>away. But that's always a wild card; I think the billionaires choose safe,
>like museums and education. As for the market proper - that's the question,
>I guess.

The question may be as simple as marketing. I've dabbled in an approach
that could, in theory, persuade the super rich to invest in big, bold
projects. I think they'd do it, if shown rational choices among endeavors
that stand a reasonable chance of fostering their own immortality, wither
in the extropian sense or in the old fashioned sense of being remembered
like the Medicis and Julius II... for the great things they sponsored.
Received on Mon Jan 10 11:25:16 2000

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