Name: Peter DeSimone
Member since: 2004-07-19 13:12:56
Last Login: 2004-07-30 12:34:38



Cybernetics has always fascinated me more than any other field of discipline. It is man's desire to be God-like that, just as He created humans in His image, we strive to create machines in our own. For many, the creative drive is fulfilled simply by reproducing, but for those of us who seek to push the envelope of human ingenuity and to distinguish humanity once and for all from the animals that may have been our distant progenitors, this is THE ultimate challenge. My experience at building robots is somewhat limited. My dad is a former electronics engineer in the aerospace industry, so as a kid my fascination was fueled by his assistance and teachings and we built robots together starting when I was about seven years old. However these machines did not push the envelope of artificial intelligence and became little more than a novelty as I got older. When I discovered computer programming in junior high, it was suddenly possible to elicit seemingly intelligent behaviors from machines that other people used for mundane tasks such as word processing. Then when I was in college (I skipped high school), I had an idea that stemmed around the concept of plugging random logic gates together and scoring their behavior until a complex circuit "designed itself". Five pre-med classes later I was attacking the structure of the neural network from both the biological and the artificial perspectives. I had created a program called Merlin that designs neural networks to solve any problems for which it is tasked. A limitation of Merlin, however, is the fact that any robots it controls are currently virtual and are not of a complexity that I someday hope to achieve. I am combatting this by engineering an artificial reality similar to "The Matrix", but even if successful ultimately I'd like to see my creations come to life. Hopefully, I will learn a lot from this site in furtherance of that objective. I am more than open to the prospect of collaborating with other researchers, either for the purpose of expanding my knowledge of AI or perhaps gaining insight into building methods. I am most interested in unconventional actuators such as contractile polymers and linear electromagnets. If interested, contact me!

Recent blog entries by peter_desimone

Stalling on any significant AI work until I finish my album (I'm lead singer/songwriter for The Right Hand, an unsigned band). Anyone interested in my music can visit - it's a sort of crossover from baroque and classical roots presented in a modern style. Most of the songs are original, but a few borrow melodies from composers like Bach, Chopin and Wagner. Feel free to let me know what you think.

I do have AI projects in the works and will reference them here as soon as I get the chance.

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