Re: Seeking extropian opinion: GIMPS vs SETI?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sun, 16 May 1999 21:56:41 -0500

Sasha Chislenko wrote:
> Anybody has suggestions for distributed computations that
> would actually be useful?

I've been thinking about how this would work for AIs. You couldn't run Elisson, but you could run a planetary EURISKO where everyone writes their own heuristics. On the first of every month, your spare CPU cycles would go towards cracking that day's problem - the stock market, say, or finding a new math theorem, or a VLSI circuit design, or optimizing Debian Linux. (This would be the price of licensing the EURISKoid software; the makers could sell the planetary computing power and open-source the software.) And to answer your next question, Intelligenesis's Webmind *is* a step in that direction, but it would need a new programming language before it could do anything really useful.

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