Introducing the Penrose Institute
Written By: Abbi Minessale
The FreeSWITCH community is excited to share that James Tagg, a longstanding fixture in the voip community, is a founding member of the Penrose Institute. James Tagg is an inventor and entrepreneur. A pioneer of touchscreen technology, he has founded several companies, including Truphone, the world’s first global mobile network. He holds numerous patents, filed in over a hundred countries. He studied Physics and Computer Science at Manchester University, Design at Lancaster University and Engineering at Cambridge University. He lives with his family on a farm in Kent, England.
Tagg and his team are asking groundbreaking questions in hopes to better understand the universe we live in and to pave the way for new technology. Tagg and his team explain that “the Penrose Institute is inspired by the scientific philosophy and work of Roger Penrose. It seeks to understand the human brain, creativity and the interplay between quantum mechanics and general relativity.” The Penrose Institute is unique because it celebrates the problem solving capabilities of people in different backgrounds working together. The institute will focus on studying consciousness, creativity, and physics.
The Ultimate Goal of the Penrose Institute is to build a synthetic neuron by understanding the quantum mechanical mechanisms of neuronal activity. These mechanisms will be programmed for computational operations and non-computable operations. Construction of a programmable computer synthesized from living neurons will provide insight into the operation of the human brain, including consciousness and creativity. If the brain uses new quantum physics to enable consciousness, then a scientific understanding of this physics will influence the design of future computers. The FreeSWITCH team is interested to see what neuron computers will look like, hopefully they won’t be as fickle as some of the human beings we know!
The FreeSWITCH community is eager to keep up with all of the cutting edge research that the Penrose Institute is conducting. We hope to see how this research affects the way future technologies look and how those technologies might affect us in the telephony world!