“Some projects never die, they just change and mutate behind the scenes, appearing obsolete until one day they are realised.”

Mark Thomas
IACS Client Project, Canada – 2014

Overview

IACS Nerve Centre™ was a large softwre project developed by the founder of IACS Electronics back in 2009 through 2012. The easiest way to explain it is to compare it to the voice control features on your phone but with an additional set of algorithms that mutate with the aid of sensors to essentially allow the system to comprehend feelings and environmental factors.

Initially, the goal was to create a sytem that you could use to control devices in the home and that could communicate with you by voice in return, meaning that you would not need screens or keyboard to manage your home. The application was intended for disabled people who were unable to move around their own homes or interact with the outside world. Devices such as the automated ‘Ai Assistants’ on your phone and the home speaker modules that you can talk to and control ‘smart home gadgets’ are very common today.

These devices are comparable to the IACS Nerve Centre™ project but the key differences were that Nerve Centre was intended to be completely OFFLINE. No internet connection required and a completely localized and customizable personality. The idea was that not only could it support disabled people and act as a next generation automation controller both for home and business use, but it would actually be capable of retaining and processing information and comprehending its own state and environment to produce variables that would resemble ‘feelings’. The system would be able to hold a proper conversation, adjust its tone of voice and decisions based on what it perceived to be happening around it using sensors and voice stress analysis (similar to how lie detectors work). Essentially it would be able to act as a partial companion to disabled people and hypothesize what they need so as to provide additional support.

Project History

IACS Nerve Centre™ was designed to be used with a collection of home automation control devices, laboratory test equipment, and security devices. It was designed to work with a mains voltage drop out detector and back up batteries and generators to support patients’ medical equipment in the event of a blackout so they would not panic and their treatment would be uninterrupted.

The PFD (Power Feed Distributor) unit also known as the P-Series was released in October 2011, just a few months after the company officially began along with the release of the C-Series, an IEC Distribution system designed for controlling TVs, lighting, cooking appliances and other devices fror managing a patient’s environment. The A-Series was released prior to this along with a simpler version of the software known as ‘Industrial Basic’ and ‘Home Basic’ to allow for simple control and provide a variety of tools for home automation, medical and laboratory research.

Artificial Intelligence?

A lot of devices today brag about containing artificial intelligence, and indeed they do to some extent. It all depends entirely on how you define ‘intelligence’. The vast majority of artificial intelligence chat, tools, programs and assistants all depend on a set of complex algorithms running on a server connected to you via an app on a phone or device linked to the internet. These devices are dependent on the internet connection in order to function and often have very generic expressions, integration into music or internet web search engines and a set of generic responses. Even today in 2024, only a few resemble the behavior and comprehension of a real living person, however they are able to comprehend concepts and often offer very competent, comprehensive answers to questions.

IACS Nerve Centre™ is not as intellectually advanced as some of the AI chat systems that are around as it does not have access to the internet or data processing. But it does have a far superior comprehension of the well-being of the person it is talking to along with the ability to recognize when they need help.

For developers interested in knowing how it was programmed, the program uses a variety of code mainly written in C++ and C# using fairly conventional coding software. The devices code was written using C++ and plain C including device drivers for the Windows platform. A java version of the project was intended to allow it to run on other platforms such as Linux and Mac but this was discontinued following the lack of support when marketing the system.

What went wrong?

The IACS Nerve Centre™ project played a huge and essential role in the formation of IACS Electronics™ and was the intended software counterpart to the launch of the product range for home and industrial automation. Unfortunately, the system was not received well by the market, as individuals and other businesses ridiculed and misunderstood the capabilities of the system assuming it to be a scam or unable to actually do the things that were specified. Quite simply, no-one would even try the system out to see what it could do, it was dismissed at every turn and the company subsequently dismantled the A-Series, C-Series and P-Series product units and auctioned the parts on its online stores. Some of these devices still exist today, in the IACS Electronics production line, used to automate testing, manufacture and manage research and development projects.

What went right?

The IACS Nerve Centre™ Artificial Intelligence project was almost entirely unheard of by the public and eventually made it’s way onto the online store as parts-only. The individual parts of the project were sold and became surprisingly popular.

The proceeds enabled IACS to continue research and development of its other projects. Over the years, IACS has done experimentation into Renewable Energy, Medical and Health devices, different types of pulse and Hydrogen-Powered Jet Turbines, wireless technology and more. All of these projects were made possible by selling the parts from the discontinued A-Series and C-Series products as well as designing a variety of simple but premium quality relay boards and sensor modules for hobbyists and businesses to integrate into their own creations.

IACS Nerve Centre™ was resurrected in 2013 as part of a robotic arm project on a client who had lost an arm during military conflict. Later in 2013 IACS Nerve Centre™ was reprogrammed and given a new personality, used to control the quality control portion of the test line and provide customers with a QC reference code visible on older IACS invoices as ‘SEBSCI’, a unique number used to identify test conditions on batches of products. In 2014 it was used to control and monitor a Hydrogen powered Jet turbine (miniature research and development project). One client purchased one of our USB powered 64 channel home automation modules along with a simple version of the IACS Nerve Centre™ software in 2015.

“I use the Nerve Center software to demonstrate the potential of programming in human interaction.”

Richard Ellis PHD
University Professor, USA

What About Now?

After enduring a great number of political issues and changes in the world, IACS began researching health, healing, medical and mental health in more detail in 2019. The IACS Nerve Centre™ project was once again brought out of the background and altered to manage various different tests on human response to certain electromagnetic stimuli. The system was adjusted to see if we could automate a system to manage cell regeneration and promote healing by combining it with various other projects we were working on.

Other projects were taken on in 2021 and 2022 which utilized the same system but due to a number of set-backs relating to the projects it was once again shelved, retaining the research work that had been already accomplished. In 2023 the system was re-written with new knowledge learned by the IACS founder and subsequently the project was given a new permanent home as the management system for the long-term research and development project now known as IACS LEx™. You can find out more about IACS LEx™ on the project page.

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