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Paul G. Allen

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August 2016: 'This all means I’m feeling rather ambivalent about the “Brain Observatory” data. On the one hand, I deeply admire that the philanthropic principles of the Allen Institute extend to giving away their data for free. On the other hand, I’m deeply sad that it takes a billionaire software designer’s philanthropy to make such a thing happen. The Allen Institute is supported by Paul Allen, erstwhile founding partner of Microsoft with Bill Gates, making it an entirely private, self-sufficient research institution. Which brings with it a more corporate approach to science: dedicated teams of specialists solving technical issues, or collecting specific types of data. Their performance targets are tight deadlines for reaching project milestones, rigour of the methods, and quality of the resulting science.'
July 2002: Microsoft co-founder and venture capitalist.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Financial Supporter of (past or present) Allen Institute Organization Aug 21, 2016
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Charter Communications Organization Nov 8, 2007
Founder/Co-Founder of Organization Executive (past or present) Microsoft Corporation Organization
Friend (past or present) Cooperation (past or present) Mr. William "Bill" Gates III Person Oct 27, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Aug 01, 2016 How a happy moment for neuroscience is a sad moment for science: Systems neuroscience is celebrating a landmark, but one that shows the way we do science is broken.

QUOTE: modern science’s incentives are all wrong. If we only measure the quality of someone’s science by the amount of money they accrue and the number of “impactful” papers they produce, then by definition we are not measuring the quality and rigour of the science itself.

Dec 16, 2006 What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?

QUOTE: In the same world in which more than a billion people live at a level of affluence never previously known, roughly a billion other people struggle to survive on the purchasing power equivalent of less than one U.S. dollar per day. .... Philanthropy on this scale raises many ethical questions: Why are the people who are giving doing so? Does it do any good? Should we praise them for giving so much or criticize them for not giving still more?

New York Times