From: Ben Goertzel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jun 26 2002 - 21:17:15 MDT
I was brainstorming a bit about your P2P project, and came up with some
ideas. Just food for thought, nothing I'm taking too seriously at this
First, one of the ways to attract funding to the project would be to create
a particular application with the P2P software, and get a decent-sized pool
One thing that people *could* do with P2P is distributed problem-solving.
You're aware of distributed.net and SETI@home and other similar projects ...
these are all purely client-server based though. A more innovatively
structured such application could attract a lot of attention.
There is a potential Novamente tie-in here, in that we could use Novamente
to do the problem-solving within the distributed architecture... Not a
super-smart Novamente install of course (we're assuming crappy commodity
PC's), but select bits of Novamente appropriately chosen...
Next question as one pursues this line of thinking: What is the particular
application, in the vein of finding extraterrestrial life or prime numbers
My first thought was the bio work we're now doing -- looking for patterns in
gene expression data. This is "searching for the cure for cancer" and hence
has some sex appeal...
Then I thought of terrorism. How about searching public info databases for
information pertinent to terrorism? There are some useful historical DB's
out there I believe. "Download this app and use your computer's spare
cycles to help fight terrorism!" has a certain mass appeal to it, nyet? ;->
I fully understand that such a project (anything vaguely in this vein) would
not bring anyone any revenue, but it could get a lot of press (esp. the
terrorism angle), which would open a lot of doors for funding. In the early
days of Webmind, our first real round of funding (not seed money) came on
the heels of a Wall Street Journal article about us...
Well anyway, at very least I hope the train of thought will amuse! ;>
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