Where we come from and where we are heading

Back in 1991 I began to develop the technological foundation to build a super-simulator that can mimic real world subjects 1:1, accurate in detail down to nano-scale and subatomic levels. The idea was to use this simulator to design and build a working fusion power plant within five years. Given that the simulator itself would have taken five years to build, if the project had been successful we would by now have working fusion power, i.e. nearly infinite amounts of clean energy, for twenty years already.

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Obviously things did take a different turn, but many lessons were learned from this. Since then I have worked for small companies and large corporations (including Siemens and RWE in Germany), but one thing was a constant: the projects were always ambitious and doable, yet there were always external factors that derailed them, like corporate takeovers and management reshuffles.

In 2001 I decided that I rather will work on projects where I can control the outcome. Born was the idea that I develop the technological foundation and then go on to make it into a successful venture step by step. The tech you need to develop a super-simulator is part quantum physics, part parallel computation, but the most important piece is a method for automated abstraction. This is kind of the holy grail for the next generational leap in computer science.

Initially I tried to set up a start-up with two partners that focused on implementing this tech for the video games industry. Unfortunately this was on the height of the crash when all potential investors were super-sceptical, which caused us to abandon this plan. But I continued building the technological foundation.

Late in 2006 I got the chance to prove the value of the tech for an Ubisoft computer game, technically it was AI for a grand strategy game. Shortly before the completion of the prototype, you may guess this by now, this project was abandonded because of a management reshuffle.

This may look like a setback, but in truth it allowed me to frame the technology I am working on properly. I began to work on a universal singular solution for artificial intelligence. If I could implement abstraction as a cognitive process in an AI, it would open a vast field of technological advances.

Now, in 2021, I have this solution and am building a business around it. There is still a bit of prototyping left, mainly to build a demo to convince potential investors and clients. You find more information regarding the AI here.

I haven't decided where the HQ of the company will be located yet, though for the time being Tesla Minds Ltd is located in Ireland. The choice of HQ will depend on factors like support, investment and infrastructure.

The lessons learned from my experience are manifold and inform the business model and internal process organisation of Tesla Minds.

Going forward I want to build a company that spearheads the development of technology in its field, while it helps its clients to transform.

Stefan Gollasch
Computer Scientist
Hamburg (Germany), Dublin (Ireland)