Direct versus indirect funding

Week 9 Times

Target Schedule Week 9 Times (rounded to nearest hour)
Lifetimes Infinity 70 hours  16 hours
Sleeping 62 hours  56 hours
Other 34 hours  125 hours
Exercising 2 hours 0 hours

I’m starting to get back into things. Feeling motivated. Feeling mentally fit to take on the projects.


I’ve made some significant progress on the Personal Identity section of Part 5. Mind Uploading Procedures. I had been stuck for a while and couldn’t quite figure out what I needed to do.


Getting a product developed for LI is a big goal, although we don’t yet have a development time frame. I’ve been looking heavily into multielectrode arrays (MEAs) as a place to start. The products we develop need to move us toward mind uploading, not just provide indiscriminate funding for R&D. In part 7 of the roadmap (which isn’t finished yet), one of the big topics I address is indirect vs direct funding.

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
Randy Komisar, The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

There are many easy projects/products we could be working on to just try to just get LI into the game, but that’s not what we want to do. The thing is, if we spend time working directly toward mind uploading (whether or not we’re making money at any given time), then at least we are making progress. The same could not be said for indirect ventures that only aim to provide us the money to buy ourselves the freedom to work on the projects we really want to be working on. I’ve had countless people (with good intentions) suggest that we should start working on whatever we can as soon as possible. I think the most common suggestion I get is to develop EEG hardware/software. While EEGs allow us to interact with the brain in certain ways, they are limited, and aren’t really going to help much in working directly toward mind uploading.

Most of the products that move us directly toward mind uploading are going to require lots of knowledge, lots of money, and/or a larger team. At LI’s current stage, we want to identify direct technologies that we are capable of taking on. And in the event that we don’t succeed with a given technology, we would still like the time spent and the ideas developed at any given point to still have significant value to projects me might take on in the future.

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