by John Pendlebury, Mark Humphrys and Ray Walshe
There is an emerging consensus in much of AI and cognitive science that "intelligence" is most likely the product of thousands of highly specialised subsystems collaborating in some kind of 'Network of Mind'. In 2001, Mark Humphrys proposed that if Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to "scale up", it will require a collaborative effort involving researchers from diverse disciplines, across multiple laboratories (http://computing.dcu.ie/~humphrys/WWM/). Until now there has never been an easy system to facilitate the construction of hybrid AI from the work of multiple laboratories. The World-Wide-Mind is the latest in a series of prototype systems, which enables the construction of hybrid AI systems from multiple laboratories.