A form letter sent to various MIT profs:
Silico Magnetic Intelligence
Dear Prof. Abelson:
24 Jean Lane
Monsey, NY 10952
As a prominent AI scientist, your participation is sought in the development
of Silico-Magnetic Intelligence on a consultation basis. Other AI professors
at Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Yale either have agreed to or are
The century which gave us airplanes, television, nuclear power, antibiotics,
rockets and computers is ready to give its final salvo: Silico-Magnetic
Intelligence. SMI is not only the ``invention of the century'', but the
greatest invention of human intelligence. The enclosed flyer gives a brief
The development of SMI will take place in 1987. The lab will be located
in the New York City area.
Will you give serious consideration to participation? We are in a race.
We are not the only nation which can develop machine intelligence.
If you are interested in this project, kindly fill out the enclosed ``AI
expertise form'' or provide other description of your work. Will you also
indicate availablity (e.g. 1 day a month), daily consulting fee, and/or
other conditions you may have.
If you have further questions, please call me at 914 352-6358.
Kalman A. Toth
Enclosure -- SMI flyer. Unfortunately I didn't see the ``expertise form''
Silico-Magnetic Intelligence (SMI) is the recreation of human intelligence
on silicon/magnetic storage. The first version of SMI doesn't have vision
robotic arm [sic], hearing and legs. Rather it is ``desktop'' intelligence.
It communicates through page-reader, keyboard, screen and communications
link. The following information is given for conceptualization purposes
only. Actual product specs and prices will be set at a future date.
Silico-Magnetic Intelligence (company) is a commercial venture. The first
stage of the venture is the development of SMI, to be followed by a commercialization
- SMI Bachelor's
- Education equivalent to that of a college grad; IQ 150 Price $200,000.
Typical application is white collar jobs. It can perform equivalently to
- SMI Master's
- Price $300,000. Application in engineering and programming: Two
SMIs (one for backup) can outperform a department of 10 people.
Rather than waiting for ``breakthroughs'', SMI is developed using available
technologies. A well-thought-out plan capitalizes on the human educational
process, top AI experts and educators. SMI will have strong impact on society.
Dramatic increase in productivity and living standards are the main benefits.