Bill Gates asks HS students "What are most important choices the world faces"?

post by Dr_Manhattan · 2012-01-11T20:34:11.272Z · score: 0 (11 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 14 comments

http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2012/01/Do-You-Have-a-WorldChanging-Idea?WT.mc_id=1_11_2012_studentannualletter_fb&WT.tsrc=Facebook

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comment by jhuffman · 2012-01-11T21:16:05.865Z · score: 6 (8 votes) · LW · GW

What is the point of this?

comment by Dr_Manhattan · 2012-01-11T23:25:25.726Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

People can submit their world-changing ideas and possibly have them implemented by a powerful organization? Potentially make a hugely influential and technically knowledgeable person aware of some of the issues people here are interested/concerned with?

comment by Raemon · 2012-01-11T21:04:44.028Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

The comments on that site are not inspiring.

comment by [deleted] · 2012-01-12T16:09:40.025Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

By Sturgeon's law that's hardly surprising and not a reason to get dispirited. What I'm curious about is how are they planning to filter through all that crap.

comment by Raemon · 2012-01-12T16:26:03.022Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

What I'm curious about is how are they planning to filter through all that crap.

That's a large part of what I meant.

They can probably easily filter out responses shorter than a paragraph, and there may be some way to filter for grammatical correctness (which I suspect correlates at least loosely with having a well formed idea).

comment by wedrifid · 2012-01-12T10:14:07.434Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Because HS students know these kind of things.

comment by TheOtherDave · 2012-01-12T15:09:30.766Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Heh. Well, asking them "Of the choices the world faces, which ones seem most important to HS students?" would probably have sounded condescending.

comment by wedrifid · 2012-01-12T16:22:52.113Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Heh. Well, asking them "Of the choices the world faces, which ones seem most important to HS students?" would probably have sounded condescending.

Not to mention eliminating most of whatever potential benefit there was to asking the group. The extra layer of indirection ensures that the particularly insightful will be having insights into the thinking of their less astute peers rather than the topic itself.

comment by printing-spoon · 2012-01-13T04:35:42.917Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Do you think this is his real motivation? I can't imagine what he expects to learn.

comment by TheOtherDave · 2012-01-13T14:14:36.358Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Well, knowing what adolescents think is important is useful if you intend to market important-seeming things to adolescents.

comment by [deleted] · 2012-01-12T20:17:23.467Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Or any other demographic whose primary defining characteristic is their age group, really.

comment by shminux · 2012-01-11T21:21:05.005Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

typo: word/world

comment by Dr_Manhattan · 2012-01-12T01:26:33.058Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

thanks!

comment by Curiouskid · 2012-01-11T22:14:05.829Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks. I'll probably just submit a modified version of my Thiel application.