What would happen if a wealthy Robert Anton Wilson fan used his money to try to make the world a better place? It seems as if we are getting at least one answer to the question.
Jim O'Shaughnessy, the Wall Street investor and investment guru, often mentions RAW on his Twitter account. He was last mentioned at this blog when he interviewed a putative "new RAW" on his podcast, has announced the first two O'Shaughnessy Fellowships awarded by O'Shaughnessy Ventures, LLC.
"Dr. William Zeng will use the O'Shaughnessy Fellowship $100,000 grant to pursue open-source quantum computing," a press release says. "Nat & Martha Sharpe will use the $100,000 O'Shaughnessy Fellowship grant to study and make documentary films of alternative childhood education schools."
Zeng's research sounds as if it might be of interest to RAW fans.
"Dr. Zeng will use his fellowship period to study how emerging quantum technologies can explore foundational questions in quantum mechanics. For example, this next generation of experimental tests will probe fundamental aspects of nature by considering what it means for something to be an observation / some-being to be an observer."
The grant to the Sharpes also sounds interesting.
"Nat and Martha will use their Fellowship grant to investigate and document how we can prepare kids for a future where no career is safe. Is self-directed learning the answer? What happens when we let kids learn whatever they want? Nat and Martha Sharpe will use their fellowship to film and share the stories of the people who embody these questions."
About the grant program: "OSV launched the Fellowship Program on 1 January 2023. It is a one-year program for ambitious people who want to build something great. Fellows will receive a $100,000 equity-free grant and access to OSV's network of founders, investors, and experts to support them in bringing their projects to life. OSV will award Twelve Fellowships in total."
The fellowships are only part of what O'Shaughnessy Ventures, LLC does, see the website.