I'm a software engineer, open-source developer, and researcher based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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In my personal time, I've been working toward providing machines with adaptability, imagination, and intelligence. The emphasis is on developing general proto-intelligence first, with the firm belief that optimizing the system for domain-specific applications doesn't serve that goal.
The SuMo project was an attempt to identify local similarities in unrelated 3D structures of proteins, in the hope that they would share a similar biological function.
This involved complex heuristics for somewhat limited results. It permanently convinced me that a system capable of forming its own intuition about the behavior of proteins would be the key to solving this problem, and many others.