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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Robert E. Kahn Annotation pdf (84,463 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Robert E. Kahn
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (84,463 Bytes)
Date:
1983-12-30 (December 30, 1983)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Kahn, Robert E.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence E
Box Number: 34
Folder Number: 19
Unique Identifier:
BBGCFL
Accession Number:
76
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1978-1984
Folder: Kahn, Robert E.
Transcript:
Bob Kahn
12-30-83
DARPA
NRL . . . military transition agent
Dear Bob:
Is this correct?
If so, I feel we have to back to square 1 in looking at procedures for the development of military applications.
I will also need help in teasing out what else is going on service-wise: every leaf of the onion peeled off seems to reveal another one under it. But Uh. [?] Buffalano has already been very helpful in that direction.
My unease is about uncovering these circuits stochastically rather than by a more systematic procedure: but perhaps that's what our task force is all about.
I admire your ambitious visions for the advancement of civil technology!: but I don't think corporate altruism is a sufficient vehicle. Perhaps a mixed institution could work -- see enclosure --
Josh.
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
[stamped, DEC 30 1983]
P.S. Ventures vs. mature companies
A further observation on corporate culture: mature companies are risk-averse but have the technical engines for development.
I am working with some of the financial tycoons in N.Y.C. to try to build structures to connect:
dollars -- from venture investor
technical engines -- established industry
smarts -- from univ's.
-- not that these are pure categories
This may work even without govt. (i.e. with tax-benefit rather than grant support.)
J
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  DARPA; Buffalano; computers, military applications; DSB;

jl 12/25/99