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Old 09-09-2019, 11:10 PM
Location: PRC
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Link to NewYorker article

New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epsteinís status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.
How moral do we expect our institutions to be? Should they accept money from this kind of person IF the long-term results benefit the population (or govenrment/military) ?

There is no doubt everyone is scrabbling for money these days and mega-donators do not come along every day, but when should these organisations decline a donation?
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:13 PM
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They should keep it. Period.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:45 PM
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Speaking of Epstein and M.I.T., the famed computer scientist Richard Stallman put his pinch of salt about Epstein victims.

Richard Stallman, the computer scientist best known for his role in the free software movement, has joined the list of MIT men going out of their way to defend the university’s relationships with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Selam Jie Gano, an MIT alum, posted on Medium about an email thread in which Stallman argued that the late Marvin Minsky—an AI pioneer accused of assaulting one of Epstein's victims, Virginia Giuffre—had not actually assaulted anyone.
Looks like the M.I.T. can't catch a break.
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Old Today, 05:52 AM
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I apologize for bumping this tread but Richard Stallman had resigned from the Free Software Foundation and his position at the MIT due to his comments about Epstein.

Famed open source advocate and computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from MIT, according to an email he published online. The resignation comes after Stallman made comments about victims of child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, including that the victims went along with the abuse willingly.

"I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT," Stallman wrote in the email, referring to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. "I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations."
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