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 Post subject: If you had $100b to spend on Go, how would you spend it?
Post #1 Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:28 am 
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Post #2 Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:32 am 
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That’s a lot of money..

I’d divide it up evenly among current AGA members so that we can all retire and focus on playing and studying go. Maybe extend to the European players if it’s enough.

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Post #3 Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:54 am 
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Did I read that right, a hundred BILLION dollars?

I would start by opening up a Go center in my town, stocking it with a good array of equipment, comfortable chairs, tables, theory books, a break room with food and drink, etc. I'd make sure the rent was paid in perpetuity and that I could pay at least one or two high ranking staff in perpetuity.

Then, if I had enough left over, I'd open another. And another.

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Post #4 Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:08 pm 
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School programs, dedicated go schools, and college scholarships for tournament winners.


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Post #5 Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:20 pm 
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If I had $100b, I would not spend it on Go, not at first. As a pastime, Go is not the biggest of evils, but I'm not sure if I want to expose more people to its addictive capacity.

I would spend the money on something that is more beneficial to society than Go, but I'd need to think what is most beneficial and still possible to fund with $100b

However, if I had that amount of money, I'd be totally free of professional duty and I would be able to spend it on things that I love doing. And so, I could and would probably create a space where I can play Go / table tennis / music, on my own terms.

My Go club in that space would have:

- tables and Go playing material, ready to play
- a library with every possible go book and magazine
- desktop computers with access to Go servers, go sites, analysis tools ... and exclusively so
- a nice spatial design, with plants and paintings, possibly breathing an oriental atmosphere
- and a small theatre where people can watch episodes of Hikaru No Go (schedule to be determined)

On the other hand, when you create something on your own terms, you may end up very lonely.


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Post #6 Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:33 pm 
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Applebaps wrote:
Did I read that right, a hundred BILLION dollars?
Clearly not, that would be ridiculous. A trailing "b" does not mean "billion" - the SI standard would be "G". But many go players are programmers, so maybe the trailing "b" mean "binary", as in base 2. So this is asking how you would spend $4 on go. Me, I'd buy 4/5 of a mocha to keep me awake during my game.


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Post #7 Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:51 am 
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Kirby wrote:
That’s a lot of money..

I’d divide it up evenly among current AGA members so that we can all retire and focus on playing and studying go. Maybe extend to the European players if it’s enough.

There's an Asian man running for president who wants to give everyone a Universal Baduk Income!

In all seriousness, basic income would/will be a huge boon to competitive activities like Go. Humanity is headed in that direction, it's just a matter of time now.

As for the $100bil, I'd probably spend it all on funding Go tournaments. Once a lot of money is involved, people and the media will pay attention. Once people pay attention, they will want to get involved. And once enough people want to get involved, a strong(er) ecosystem will develop that keeps the cycle going.

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Post #8 Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:22 pm 
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1. Fund a cartoon for children. Hikaru no Go proved the success of this strategy. Fund it and put it on Cartoon Network.
2. For the sake of publicity for the game organize a tournament in which 1 billion goes to the winner. This will attract a lot of attention from the MSM right off the bat.
3. On the wave of that publicity fund Go schools strategically based in regions around the country. Maybe these schools operate after classes have ended for the year. Hire retired professionals as teachers.
4. Establish 4 major tournaments in the USA based in 4 big cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston).
5. Work to establish a deal between ESPN and the Nihon Ki-in to bring Japanese professional games to the USA.
6. Run ads introducing it as a cultural game but highlighting the inclusivity of it and how it brings people from a wide array of backgrounds together.
7. Work with already existing tournaments in the USA to bring more exposure to them.
8. Work with the AGA to create a professional system closely resembling the Japanese system.

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Post #9 Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:00 pm 
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Post #10 Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:40 am 
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A school can be built in Africa for $1k, so in every African country hundreds of schools could be built and staffed for under $100M. Here people would learn Go and also how to create Gobans.

A Goban could likely be built for a dollar. There are around half a billion children in Africa and normal classes contain 50 pupils so stocking every classroom in Africa with a Goban would cost about $10M. With a whole generation growing up with Go the Go schools would prosper from selling Gobans.

A good salary in Africa is $300/month (fresh university graduates in Tanzania are lucky to get $100), so a thousand developers could be hired ten years for under $50M. Thus I would develop my idea for a Go MMO.

The remaining $99.8B would go into a bank account. It is very easy to get 5% interest, in fact in Kenya I saw an ad from a huge international bank offering a guaranteed 10%. A yield of five thousand million dollars per year can be expected.

Say a professor can be hired for $1k/month, I was offered a 5+ room house within walking distance of one of the largest universities in Rwanda for $50/month, so this would be a huge upper class salary. The interest alone could therefore continuously sustain a research staff containing almost half a million people.

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Post #11 Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:43 am 
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Post #12 Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:14 am 
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Post #13 Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:20 am 
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if i was strictly allowed to spend on go,
i would make a go salon that offers food and drink,
and yearly tournaments with prizes.
i would sell go equipment, such as board and stones and books,
i would donate to go efforts such as the american go association.

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