I have decided to take a break from money-making careers for the next 6 months, and focus on one thing: build a platform for decentralized AI serving.
It has become obvious to me that we are technologically ready to change our economy such that common people, instead of being consistently exploited by the big AI players for both their data and their money, can be compensated in some ways and share the dividends of the AI era.
The practical way to do it now is to lower the participation bar for AI serving as much as possible, which has become increasingly possible because of the awesome open source development in the AI field (e.g., llama.cpp), and the permissive licensing from companies like Meta (e.g., LLaMa-2). They have enabled consumer computing devices to serve large generative models.
The key in this is a platform that connects people who needs AI inference to people who have spare computing power. If you knew cryptocurrency, this is like a mining pool, but instead of making people churning out useless hashes, we make them do useful things -- running large generative AI models.
I also realize that what I can do for this is very little -- a mere 6 months of development time that hopefully can establish a first version of this platform. There are also a bunch of business and technical problems that I do not have either an answer or a solution, but I'm optimistic about the impact of this mission.
I'm not interested in making money for this, so please refrain from contacting me if you want to offer funding (I'm still interested in job opportunities starting in 6 months or later though). However, if you are interested in make AI profit sharing a reality for everyone, and have time to do some web, backend, and machine learning development, we should form a community and work together.
As a starting point, I made https://SmileyFace.app. The whole reason for using the smiley face is because this icon is a common emoji in the public domain, so that we can share the idea without worrying about copyright or license issues.
As a side note, I have full respect with all the folks at HuggingFace, who were among the first to offer unlimited free AI inference services, and I'm absolutely sure that their software will be used extensively for the SmileyFace dream as well.