AI Needs more Emphasis on Basic Research was published in AI Magazine in 1983 a a president's message when I was President of AAAI. The situation in 1996 is far worse than it was in 1983 with regard to AI people defining the whole subject as a bundle of applications in such a way as to define away the possibility of reaching human level intelligence.

The height of idiocy is John Rice's

Given this, a computing researcher who cannot connect to some aspect of strategic research in a direct way probably does not deserve research funding. If one does not have enough creativity to make this connection, then one probably does not have enough creativity to do significant research either.
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