People and Things I Would Fund If I Were a Billionaire
2020-09-06 Science / Education
The development of new scientific tools and hardware for doing science
Expansion of human senses, e.g.
edX is a joint nonprofit by Harvard and MIT. They produce absolutely amazing courses but due to the need to be financially sustainable closed off graded exercises from people who don’t pay for certificates in December 2018.
This is horrific, as graded exercises are essential for learning and upgrading to a verified certificate is a giant friction point
Chelsea Hotel for science
Center for Open Science Speculative research
Speculative businesses / services
Fund Twitter alternatives (since Mastodon sucks)
Also, pay someone to create a service that would show me 20 best tweets from people who I tweet cool stuff, but whom I can’t follow, because they tweet way too much, e.g.
Artir, Venkatesh Rao, reiver Non-profits / charities
Create the new ACLU
See an interview with a man who freed more than 300 people from slavery in Russia
here Translations from Russian
Andrei Movchan’s facebook posts (I translated one myself) Занимательная Греция, Михаил Гаспаров — this is the best book on Ancient Greece I’ve ever read
И возвращается ветер, Владимир Буковский — an autobiography of a famous Soviet dissident. There is an English translation but for some reason it skips parts of the book.
Create archive of my twitter timeline with archived pictures, videos, and links from it.
Pay someone to make Hugo generate TOC and render KaTeX simultaneously (right now it’s TOC with .md or KaTeX with .mmark)
Randomly anonymously donate to people maintaining open source projects (not stating what the donation is for, so that not to mess up their incentives)
Fund somebody to create a wearable compass à la North Paw / feelSpace
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