Re: singularity and exi-GIMPS team

Brian Atkins (
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 02:37:34 -0400

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 marketbased 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.

Spike Jones wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> > Spike, you're not in my kill file.
> Im not? Now I feel self conscious when I post goofiness, knowing
> that the more serious crowd is reading. I have been trying to cut
> down on kookiness, you may have noticed. {8-]
> > Yes, distributed computing advances the Singularity.
> OK, do you consider GIMPS worthwhile as a starting point or
> seed crystal? We have a small team now, so after I get done
> here I need to start organizing that. ExI GIMPSers, watch for
> instructions in the next few days. If not GIMPS, then what?
> > I don't know of anyone here who's working on
> > AI/neural-net stuff that runs distributed...
> Eliezer, thats why god has given us you. Im not enough of a
> software guru to even start, but I figure I can help supply raw
> materials (interconnected computers, on all the time, with idle
> CPUs 99.999% of the time) for those who are. Shane Brubaker
> has some ideas. Im encouraged to get with it. And who knows,
> one of us *might* win the EFF hundred grand. {8^D spike

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