physics_geek at bored.com (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
>>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
http://sourceforge.net has various Open Source AI projects starting at
>>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
http://www.angelfire.com/nf/vision/jmind.html 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?
http://ai.createastandard.com 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