Give time to develop artificial brain
A Canadian company, Intelligence Realm, last week launched a distributed computing project on Linux[/1] called "Artificial intelligence – Reverse engineering the brain". The company has invited members of the public to volounteer and donate computer time to help this project develop artificial intelligence (AI).
Similar to other distributed computing projects, like Seti@Home or Folding@Home, this project is part of a larger project that is reverse engineering the brain in order to achieve AI. The project will implement BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing).
"One of the critical issues blocking our advances in this field is computing power. The human brain has an estimated 100 billion neurons. Simulating biophysical neural networks of this magnitude require computing resources that few organisations have. By employing a large network of computers we can overcome this problem. We ask the public at large to volunteer for this task and donate computer time, which will allow us to build a large scale artificial intelligence system." said Ovidiu Anghelidi, project leader.
The company said that their research findings allow it to move to the development phase and start building a system that will scale beyond the human brain capacity. Their final goal is to have a system that integrates knowledge from many disciplines, like mathematics, physics and chemistry.
The company believes that by creating such a system there will be "exceptional benefits" for society, in that it will speed up scientific discovery across all disciplines. They liken the the changes that achieving AI would bring to society as similar to those of the computer revolution , which brought about unprecedented changes in society
Acknowledging that each technology can have its pitfalls, the company said that it was confidant that risks can be minimised and overcome through strict control while at the same time allowing everyone to fully enjoy the benefits and promises of this technology.
But don’t expect intelligent and self aware androids of the Blade Runner variety quite yet. The company have cautioned against expecting a quick time frame for the system implementation. The conservative estimate is a time range of between five to 10 years. But the company said that it is important to start now so that the goal can be reached.
The project web site is: http://www.IntelligenceRealm.com/countries/local/system.asp