I was under the impression there was a team working on such a networked parallel computing infrastructure. However, I thought they were centered at distributed.net and from what I just saw of that site, not too much has been accomplished in the past year. If there is not such a project going on, then it certainly seems there should be. Any volunteers to get one going?
From: Jones, Spike [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 1999 2:08 PM To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Subject: singularity and exi-GIMPS team
Someone please forward this to Eliezer. thanks!
Question Eliezer and other singulatarians: would it enhance progress toward the singularity if a large number of personal computers were to be set up to run 24-7-52 and were inter- connected? It would seem so, and this gives me an idea. We have been talking about an extropians GIMPS team, and we already have a seti@home team. But, we dont *have* to run either. We can combine the teams into a parallel computing infrastructure, that would then be usable as a resource for other projects, perhaps ones that are more pertinent to extropians, such as Shane Brubaker's sim of a leech brain, or some wild scheme by Eliezer, for instance. The important thing is to *start* somewhere, which is to pick a project, such as seti or GIMPS, and get extropians comfortable with leaving their computers on, and with the notion that something is running behind the screensaver scenes. GIMPS is a good technology demonstration platform for this, since I know from experience that it does not crash your computer and it gets outta your way when you are doing something else. A few months ago, I would have been loathe to do *anything* which might hasten the singularity, however, as I think it over the idea is growing on me. Of course, I still have some dread that the singularity might want to kill us all. That would be "bad". But maybe not. Eliezer, please take me outta your kill file temporarily for the sake of this discussion, which is up your alley, but delete anything from me which is not labelled singularity. thanks! spike