If I were smarter, what would I be doing? I had a roommate, David Carlton, in my first year at Harvard, who studied mathematics and computer science just like me, except he seemed much smarter--a strict superset, in fact. He took the silver or bronze medal at the International Mathematics Olympiad; his best friend, Jordan Ellenberg, took the gold and also won first place at the Putnam math competition. I think he graduated summa cum laude at Harvard. He was always taking more advanced classes and one or more steps ahead of me. Check out one of his posts on sci.math.research. He was a fan of Go, whereas I preferred chess; one difference is that computers can beat people at chess.
He would always look down on other classmates, who jumped into the Microsoft ship, like I did. In addition to being smart, he was very hippish. He had a beard, dressed down, walked outside on the streets in bare feet, and looked like Jesus Christ. He still looks like Jesus Christ with glasses.
I recently looked at the Internet to find out what he was up to more than ten years out of college. It looks like he did his doctoral studies at Stanford, taught at a few universities like Princeton, Berkeley and MIT, married and had a daughter. He also seems to be a Linux Junkie, writing parts of GCC, the gnu compiler, and GDB, the gnu debugger. He then worked for a startup, Kaelia, which appears to have been bought by Sun, and it seems that he is at Sun now.
It looks like if I were smarter, I would be working on open source projects and using Linux. Now, my question is, what if I were smarter and rich?