The Mindfire Foundation is thrilled to announce both the launch of our new website and the Global Robotics AI Lab (GRAIL).
Our new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we stand for and where our value lie when tackling human level artificial intelligence. Ultimately, it is our goal to advance cutting-edge research for the benefit of humankind.
The implementation of the Global Robotics AI Lab, in short GRAIL, currently operated from premises offered by the University of Zurich, is a direct result from Mission-1. While Mission-1 successfully united 50 talents and experts in Davos and introduced different collaboration models as well as a blockchain-based documentation of assets relevant to the creation of intellectual property, we came to the conclusion that we need to implement a much more scalable research network. Many talents posited that permanently working on quests relevant to the understanding of the principles of human intelligence is key. With the rise of the internet and advances in latest collaboration technology, it’s possible for the first time in human history to unite thousands of talents and to collaboratively tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time. GRAIL is designed as a research initiative that unites creative researchers around the world to collaborate in both physical places and virtual spaces. GRAIL’s mission control is currently operated from premises from Switzerland’s largest University. GRAIL applies a synthetic methodology — “understanding by building” — marrying engineering and science. GRAIL develops tangible prototypes so as to explore the principles of intelligence, culminating in the development of an augmented scientist: a system that increases research performance, efficiency and creativity in science
With the introduction of GRAIL, Mindfire also changed the way talents can work together. GRAIL employs a staged competitive grant structure that allows different approaches and concepts to stand the test of a prototype. In order to guide this search for a principle behind human intelligence, each chosen AI research challenge will tackle a different hitherto unsolved problem, referred to as “quests”. Over time, solutions developed by GRAIL will find application in many further quests and will also lead to interesting questions, thereby tackling the principles of human level intelligence.
The goal of the Mindfire Foundation is to build human-level intelligence within the next decade, i.e. before 2030. To achieve this, the Mindfire Foundation has introduced ten phases, called Missions. Mission-1 took place in May 2018 and successfully united the talents and experts in Davos focusing on human level AI.
Grail scientists collaborate through the dedicated invitation only collaboration network called GAIA-I. The patented self-learning algorithms autonomously find experts to answer posed questions at any time. GAIA-I matches questions with real-time solutions from direct human input, maps the expertise within the network and creates a dynamic memory to leverage critical know-how. The network charts and selects talents autonomously and at a global scale, significantly enlarging the number of involved talents contributing to current challenges. GAIA-I is poised to become the largest and most diverse global community of contributing and collaborating experts in AI development.
The Mindfire Foundation’s IP recognition approach allows to create a digital trail of records using latest blockchain technology. Ideas, designs, and proofs of concept can be quickly registered to obtain blockchain certificates that prove ownership, existence and integrity of any intellectual property asset and original concept. This allows the Mindfire Foundation to recognize scientific contributions in a fair manner. All created intellectual property rights will be protected with great care by the Mindfire Foundation, which co-owns and manages such rights. In order to attract and manage funding as well as commercialize intellectual property, Mindfire Inc. was recently founded in Switzerland. With the new legal entity in place, endowed with significant funding, the Mindfire Foundation will no longer offer Tokens and continue raising funds over donations and partnerships..
Moonshot Roundtable & future Missions
On July 21st, 50 years after Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface, the Mindfire Foundation together with Carmen Walker Späh, Government Councillor and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs Canton Zurich, announced the AI Moonshot Roundtable, taking place the fall 2019 at the Villa Belvoir, the home of Alfred Escher, the Swiss visionary and business pioneer. The development of human-like artificial intelligence is also known as the moon landing of the 21st century. Currently, there is a global race for AI in progress, in which Switzerland may play a crucial role. Switzerland as a neutral country and global hub for AI talents enjoys an excellent reputation and is perfectly positioned to lead the discussion on the development of human level AI. The AI Moonshot Roundtable will review several tangible projects, launch an initiative an adopt an AI agenda, so as to foster talent development and the AI know-how hub Zurich and Switzerland. The roundtable and initiative is supported by numerous Europeans business and thought leaders from research institutions, leading global companies, governmental institutions, associations and private people who care about our future.With the implementation of a scalable new generation AI Lab Mindfire makes GRAIL the guiding element for all future Missions. While Mindfire Missions remain crucial to the success of Mindfire, future Missions will consist of quests formulated by GRAIL and can be attended by selected talents virtually through a cutting edge collaboration software. Mindfire will announce Mission-2 in the next few weeks and tap into the existing Mindfire talent pool as well as accept new applications (apply here).