ScyNet Explained

Peter Katarov
Oct 24, 2018 · 5 min read

Also, why the need for a transparent, decentralized AI network.

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Surely you’ve heard of the notorious rogue AI from the Terminator? In the movie, the US military senselessly granted control of their complete arsenal to the omnipotent AI they hoped would protect them, Skynet. Shortly after, the AI turned against its human creators, and all hell broke loose.

Today the chances of a supercomputer being controlled by a single entity are rapidly increasing. The most robust AI instances are being developed by a few private companies, with endless resources and a common goal of maximizing profits. Even if the story of Skynet seems like a far-fetched fantasy, the threat of single individual acting in a harmful way is real.

To oppose, we are building ScyNet, as we believe a decentralized, transparent, open-source approach is the way to go. ScyNet is a decentralized infrastructure for creating and training autonomous AI agents, built to serve and empower humanity.

In this article, we will explore what brings different parties on the table when it comes to AI, how they will benefit and unite around a common goal.

The modern approach to AI

The modern approach to Artificial Intelligence is called Deep Learning. It’s part of the machine learning family and, as such, it requires a continuous supply of data. This way, today a computer can identify patterns without being explicitly programmed for all possible scenarios.

As of last year, Google’s breakthrough in AutoML revealed that a machine was able to design another AI on par with their expert data scientists. AI is effectively better at improving itself than we can be. All it needs to become even better is more computational power.

The NASNet paper confirmed that — it took 450 GPUs working together for 4 days to find that perfect Neural Network for image classification. It’s then hardly a surprise that the leaders in the AI field are tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, which own tens of thousands of servers (millions in Alphabet’s case).

To summarize — AI is already heavily ingrained in our world. However, the best instances of creating it are owned by public corporations with a structure of a typical centralized organization. On top of which is the public pressure from the retail shareholders and major investors, who want to see the value of their assets grow.

Some might ask themselves?

  • Do we want any privately owned organization to develop the most powerful AI?
  • Can we open the development of AI to a network of people, creating a shared AI knowledge?
  • Could a decentralized network provide an alternative?

To answer these questions, ScyNet is utilizing the two most exciting technologies that are changing our world — Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

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How does it work?

However, ten years ago a smart individual (or a group of people) came up with a convenient solution to this problem. Moreover, in their famous paper, Satoshi Nakamoto outlined the principles of a peer-to-peer network of incentivized nodes that was later called blockchain and allowed the creation of a decentralized autonomous ledger.

Finally, technology has caught up and, thanks to Blockchain, the decentralized development of AI is now absolutely possible. With ScyNet, we aim to build a 100% transparent, open-source platform for distributed Machine Learning development.

Think of ScyNet as a network of AI agents. Each of them specializes in a specific task. Nodes within the system will collaborate and compose complex structures to resolve more complicated problems in the form of AI agents.

Agents are produced by Controller Machine Learning algorithms, also known as AutoML metaheuristics. We call them “Hatcheries.” The network autonomously self-improves, as it learns how to learn to produce better AI agents continuously.

To make self-improvement possible, miner nodes provide much-needed processing power. These can be the same nodes that are currently mining Ethereum, for example. Similar to the case of PoW consensus algorithm where blockchains reward their miners with newly minted tokens, ScyNet will also provide rewards, albeit for a bit more meaningful work — development of AI solutions to real-life problems.

Last but not least, the protocol of ScyNet is designed in a way, that it encourages nodes to provide data and computing nodes run AutoML to train agents. It incorporates a utility token that is used for all internal network transactions — whether that is a miner paying to a data provider for a training set, or a client paying to a miner for an AI agent.

Because the ScyNet code is open, any developer could build up on the platform and submit his AutoML metaheuristics. The ScyNet core team believes that research and development of a technology as powerful as AI should be public and transparent.

A possible Go-To-Market

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Building an AI infrastructure on the Blockchain might sound cool, but it’s worthless without a real-life application, in response to existing demand. That is why ScyNet will initially focus on providing solutions for the particular domain of trading. We lay the foundations for trading applications by building a data provider API and a computing cluster.

With the ecosystem of builders and trainers in place, ScyNet could become the ultimate decentralized infrastructure for AI.

ScyNet is a DAO

Comrade is an autonomous digital cooperative, managed through members’ democratic consensus. Utilizing blockchain, we collaborate remotely, manage agreements, fund each other ideas and share the profits of our labour. All of which as we see fair. To achieve all this, we use an open-source framework called Wetonomy.

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Caption: The Comrade contributors as in Oct 2018.

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Peter Katarov

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Spreading the word about ScyNet.ai — the upcoming Internet of AI. Cooperator at comradecoop.com. In my free time, applying for Mars citizenship.

ScyNet

ScyNet

ScyNet is an open blockchain protocol and network that incentivizes independent nodes to compete in finding better AI models and data for specific tasks. Our philosophy is to leverage computing power and use it for state-of-the-art AI research.

Peter Katarov

Written by

Spreading the word about ScyNet.ai — the upcoming Internet of AI. Cooperator at comradecoop.com. In my free time, applying for Mars citizenship.

ScyNet

ScyNet

ScyNet is an open blockchain protocol and network that incentivizes independent nodes to compete in finding better AI models and data for specific tasks. Our philosophy is to leverage computing power and use it for state-of-the-art AI research.

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