Possible names of projects
We currently live in a world where any computer software functionality is copied and replicated within weeks or even days of its release by the open-source market-place of information technologies. But there is a computer program which does not yet have an open source equivalent: the brain simulation software used by IBM in its Blue Brain research project. This, like many other software projects of its kind, is surely to be created within a short period of time and it's potential for launching a singularity may surpass that of its current, isolated "research lab" incarnation.
Neural simulation and other connectionist technologies form the expanding frontier of the field of Artificial Intelligence - both emulating the brain, and distilling its elegant essence for maximum computational efficiency. The potential expansions from these technologies, while not presently known, may have a similar effect as the Human Genome Project's explosion of consumer-level genetic technology.
Yet the creation of an open source equivalent to such a program to this program and similar to it that will soon be created will some of the most potentially disruptive applications to hit the internet since Google. I believe that an open source equivalent to open to the blue brain can be created now with way much less line of code that most people believe it will take. We don’t need to code an entire brain to create a massively parallel system, I believe this can be achieved by a program similar to SETI@Home which brings together millions of computers together to serve a single function.
I know you may be thinking that networked computers may not catch up to the supercomputer efforts, yet I want to remind you that the first computer to reach a petaflop was a collection of thousands of playstation 3 system running the Stanford folding@home program. This extreme flexibility I believe will have the potential to increase the speed of brain emulation software developement and progress, thus creating a feed back loop in the artificial intelligence and brain simulation industry,rendering the open source
While it may not be clear when such a program may appear on the internet, I do believe it is only a matter of time before such a thing is created, thus driving the the needed debated associated of wheter we want the internet to essentially turn into artificial intelligence.
While it is uncertain how long research such as this will take to fully map out the human brain we can expect this to only increase in exponential growth alongside the overall growth of information technologies. Therefore it may lead to the actual simulation of a human brain in silicon within a decade or two, assuming we don’t experience an extreme paradigm shift in computer architecture or an actual shift in our approach to computing.
(Realistic) Global Goal: One neuron per CPU core, forming a massively parallel web 3.0 central brain unit.
- It may not be possible to retain control on a system that has been created and distrubuted by many users on the internet thus rendering a physical cut of switch to the internet brain a near impossible task.
- Personal computer no longer "personal" - to the degree of boundary dissolution decided by the computer operator.
- Once a neural brain world wide operating system is engaged, it may not be possible to keep any piece of information private
- Unexpected surprises that may emerge from the patient chaos of a well-connected, increasingly dense virtual nervous system.
- Owned and guided by the people who operate the computers of which it is comprised - not a private or centralized facility.
[hugo de garis's perspective of where neural simulation and AI-engineering collide]
Hugo believes both of the field will eventually become one.