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May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

What effect do you think monetization of intelligence has had on scientific pursuit? Do you think your decision to delve into private enterprise has lessened your potential contribution to scientific fields?

I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to set my life up so that I can really work on things that I think are worthwhile. And to create an organization that’s good at stimulating me, and taking ideas I have and turning them into reality. It’s great, and I’m certain I’ve been incredibly much more productive than if I’d for example stayed a professor or something.

I’ve also found that working on practical problems very often leads to me to new kinds of thinking that I don’t think would ever have occurred to me if I’d just been pursuing pure science.

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