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.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://pobox.com/~sentience/AI_design.temp.html http://pobox.com/~sentience/singul_arity.html Disclaimer: Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you everything I think I know.