How Inappropriately Heavyweight AI Solutions Dragged Down A Startup (and Made Me Realize that Industrial Salaries Are High for a Good Reason)

Michael Wooldridge


Ten years ago I was a junior faculty member in a UK university, doing research into the theoretical foundations of multiagent systems. I enjoyed the research, but not the salary. The opportunity arose to work for a startup company at three times my university salary, and the company had already hired some excellent agent researchers that I knew, respected, and liked from conferences and workshops. The job seemed too good to be true; and of course, it was. 

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