RE: singularity and exi-GIMPS team

John Holmes (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 14:42:15 -0700

I was under the impression there was a team working on such a networked parallel computing infrastructure. However, I thought they were centered at 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?

-----Original Message-----
From: Jones, Spike [] Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 1999 2:08 PM To: ''
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
        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