Re: singularity and exi-GIMPS team

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 13:10:55 -0500

Brian Atkins wrote:
> I would be very interested in having access to "our own"
> distributed network. I could see using it for possibly
> rendering scenes from Extropian/>H art projects. Of course
> besides building the system itself (there have got to be some
> open source projects going on by now for this), we would
> need some way of determining what gets run on it (or pieces
> of it) at any given time if it is going to be multi-use.
> It would be appealing to me to have some kind of market-
> based pricing mechanism whereby someone who really needed
> it could pay to preempt whatever we all decide to normally run
> on it "for free". If it actually worked, it might lead eventually
> to the development of a large net-wide market for CPU time.

Careful about that market! If you don't make sure there's a tradition of running charity projects on the seventh of each month, or something, seed AIs will be too expensive to run. What we need is software that can use heuristics, or something, anything, that can be improved by genetic algorithms - then there's a motive for everyone on the planet to get together and run a huge program once a month.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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