SingularityNET, is an aspirations project to create a decentralized marketplace for AI, has raised a lot of fund in its token sale. In around 60 seconds after opening the sale to the public, it sold out of the whole amount of available tokens( the AGI token ), bringing the total to $36 million.
However, a startup raising a lot of money in a token marketing is not really of interest to me. This is part and parcel of this crazy unregulated, crypto term these days. But was IS interesting to me is what SingularityNET actually is.
Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET has a grand vision.
SingularityNET brings AI and blockchain together to create a decentralized open market for AIs. The implications are that it could let anyone monetize AI, allowing companies, organisations, and developers to buy and sell AI algorithms at scale, thus lowering costs and increasing capabilities. Eventually, they plan to plug the Hanson Robots’ “Sophia” robot literally into SingularityNET to power it’s brain.
In an interview, I asked him how it will all run 😛 TAGEND
“Proprietary marketplaces exist, like the Amazon Web Services for instance. What we’re making here is a decentralized marketplace, more like BitTorrent. There’s no central despot deciding what gets in there. Everyone can put an AI online, wrap it in our API, announce it to the network and any business that it was necessary to AI as a service can request it.
“Then you need a good reputation system to grade the best AIs with a high rating. We require blockchain to let us do this in a peer to peer, decentralized style. P2P software that is reliable and not easily hackable and involves pay, but it would still need a distributed ledger. BitTorrent doesn’t involve payment or Identity management or high security, which is why we are doing this on blockchain.
“AI processing is compute day sensitive. So we decide to the OpenCog platform, which plays two roles. One is that it’s one of the many AI tools that we will use to build some initial AI services in the network, simply the route Apple also sells its own apps. We will put some cool tools in there. The other role is closer to the infrastructure.
“We wishes to make the system so that the AI layer is independent of what blockchain we are using. Our prototype uses Ethereum, but this is too slow. So we want to be able to swap out the blockchain technology easily. So, the smart contracts need to be expressed in an abstract way which is independent of the blockchain we are using. And OpenCog’s logical speech works well for this.
“If an AI in the marketplace is not useful it will get a lower rating. But in this sort of marketplace something doesn’t have to be useful to everyone. So for instance, you could have an algorithm that was only useful to coffee farmers in Africa. I mean, Amazon Cloud doesn’t offer that because coffee farmers are not high on many of its lists to address. But it could still be valuable to some people. Like coffee farmers!
“It’s like having Elance, but the AI is doing a service , not a person.
Could it be scalable? AI algos aren’t fabricated in big tech companies anyway, they are invented by academics and students. So if you have a style for the inventors to wrap their algorithms in a decent API, then you let the creators to benefit, rather than them having to create a startup and sell it to a big company.
“Instead of putting their code on GitHub, they can put it on SingularityNet and it can be found by businesses and then they can get paid for it. On the end-user side, we need to get industries into the habit of connecting their code to SingularityNet APIs rather than Amazon’s APIs or startups which have a nasty habit of vanishing when the startup get bought.
“Much of my own motive is to get a greater level of AI behind all sorts of software like the Hanson Robots, use it as a showcase of the SingularityNET. As this gets smarter we are going to point Sofia’s brain to SingularityNET, moving it from the Hanson cloud into the SingularityNET, such as utilizing computer vision. We should have some substantial improvements by August next year. We gain from the ability for anyone around the world to improve Sofia’s mind. We can’t hire all these fanatics but we can give them an easy way aimed at contributing to Sofia’s mind.
“So a kid could stimulate millions of dollars form putting their computer vision AI into our market, for instance.”
It’s a very, very big vision. Seem out Amazon is all I can say…
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