An eccentric billionaire offers you the chance to earn the aforementioned sum. Here are the rules:
You are given a beautifully appointed two-story house to live in. Power, water, and other utilities are provided; you have a huge library of books, DVDs, and CDs, and other non-interactive media (i.e., cable or satellite tv, radio, & so forth) to which you can add under rules to be detailed below. There’s even internet, but your usage of that is monitored to make sure you don’t send messages to anyone; you’ll be allowed to read the Dope, monitor your bank account, watch YouTube vidoes, and so forth, but not to post anything or send any email.s All groceries and other supplies (which can include things like computer paper and ink, new media, replacement equipment, and so forth) are delivered to the house. Your sole link to the outside world is a land-line phone hardwired to call a single number, which always goes to voice mail. You can call that number at will to specify what supplies you need delivered, or to call for a plumber or whatever to do needed repairs; but you never get to speak to a live person. When supplies are delivered or a repairman arrives, the phone rings and a recorded message directs you to lock yourself in your bedroom for the duration of the delivery or service; you’ll get a similar message when it’s time to come out. (There’s a second bedroom you can go to in case repairs need to be done in the main bedroom, and there’s a full bath attached to each.)
There’s a big lawn–about an acre–in which you can wander if you feel the need to go outside; you can either tend to its upkeep yourself or summon a gardener under the same conditions as you would a plumber.
For each month you live under such conditions, you will be paid $20,000, payable on the 28th of the month; this will be deposited into your banking account, which you can monitor as mentioned above If you can make it through 12 months, you’ll get a bonus so that your total pay for the year is $1,000,000 after taxes.
You are allowed to interact with others under two and only two conditons. First: every three months you’ll be visited by a doctor, nurse, and dentist employed by the billionaire and given a checkup, tooth cleaning,and so forth; these persons are are forbidden to discuss anything but your physical health during this time. Second, if you have a medical emergency, you can call for help and be taken to the hospital as necessary. However, any time you spend on emergency care does not count toward your goal, and such time is always going to be rounded up to the nearest day. Cut your hand badly enough that an EMT has to spend ten minutes with bandages, in other words, and you’ve added a day to your stay.
Would you do it? Why or why not? What would be your biggest problem making it through?