Facebook post from John Carmack has word from the DOOM and QUAKE co-creator
is reducing his role at Oculus in order to spend some time working on artificial
Starting this week, I’m moving to a "Consulting CTO”
position with Oculus.
I will still have a voice in the development work, but it will only be consuming
a modest slice of my time.
As for what I am going to be doing with the rest of my time: When I think back
over everything I have done across games, aerospace, and VR, I have always felt
that I had at least a vague “line of sight” to the solutions, even if they were
unconventional or unproven. I have sometimes wondered how I would fare with a
problem where the solution really isn’t in sight. I decided that I should give
it a try before I get too old.
I’m going to work on artificial general intelligence (AGI).
I think it is possible, enormously valuable, and that I have a non-negligible
chance of making a difference there, so by a Pascal’s Mugging sort of logic, I
should be working on it.
For the time being at least, I am going to be going about it “Victorian
Gentleman Scientist” style, pursuing my inquiries from home, and drafting my son
into the work.
Runner up for next project was cost effective nuclear fission reactors, which
wouldn’t have been as suitable for that style of work. 😊