Simulating a brain online

Arthur T. Murray uj797 at
Tue Jul 17 10:31:34 EST 2001

physics_geek at (Ed Chivers) wrote on 17 Jul 2001:

>This was another one of those crazy ideas that occured to me in the
>pub the other day - has anyone ever thought of using the internet (a
>vast collection of interconnected parts) to simulate a brain (also a
>vast collection of interconnected parts)?
The beginnings of such an Internet iMind are already on-line at in JavaScript for MSIE.
>The project could be run in the same kind of way as the Seti at home
>project, with the PCs of internet users running some sort of neural
>network software connected to other instances of the neural net
>program distributed around the internet.(neural nets are not my forte
>in any way, so I doubt I'd be able to come up with the software
ATM: has various Open Source AI projects starting at (q.v.).

>Perhaps each instance of the software could contain information about
>other instances - that way there would be built in redundancy, kind of
>like a RAID array. This would be tricky as there would so many
>instances of the program running that organising it all would be a
>horrendous task!
ATM: is a case in point.
>With enough computers connected together would it be possible to
>simulate a brain? Or would the ping times between computers just slow
>it down to a ridiculous degree?
ATM issues some (voluntary) guidelines.
>If this is a stupid idea that will never work, then by all means shoot
>it down - I'd just like to know whether or not this is possible at

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