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Big List O' Ideas

All the ideas I've had that I felt like writing down for the past ~ 8 years. Some of them could be practical inventions and are "just" waiting for that 95% perspiration to bring them to fruition, some are ideas for science fiction, and some are simple observations.

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Major Projects

Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation (2015)

A brain-banking technology that can preserve all of the synaptic connections in a whole mammalian brain for longer than a century. Published in Cryobiology and winner of the Brain Preservation Prize. Mentioned in the New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, Gizmodo, the Huffington Post, New Scientist, Vice News, and BBC's Horizon.

Introduction to Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation (ASC) » Detailed ASC protocol » Brain Preservation Prize Announcement » Frequently asked Questions » Journal article in Cryobiology » Nectome, ASC research company »

CORTEX: a virtual world for sensate AI (2014)

My MEng thesis at MIT, Recognizing Actions using Embodiment and Empathy. It won the 1st Place 2014 Charles and Jennifer Johnson Thesis Award for best EE/CS MEng thesis! CORTEX is an exploration of embodied cognition, the idea that our intelligence is deeply connected to our bodies and experience of the world. In the thesis, I teach a simulated worm how to recognize other worms performing various actions like wiggling and curling by giving it a sense of empathy: the worm imagines what it would feel like to be the other worm, and then recognizes the actions based on its own previous experience. All code and text for the thesis is freely licensed under the GPL.

Thesis »     Online Thesis Notes »
Source Code (cortex-1.0.0.tar.bz2) »

Pokémon Yellow Total Control Hack (2013)

Just by buying and rearranging certain items and pressing certain buttons in Pokémon Yellow, you can get the game into a state where you can completely reprogram it from the inside. It's the first hack of its kind, and it won's 2012 Gameboy TAS of the year and 2012 Glitchy TAS of the year.

Watch on Youtube» Guide to the Pokémon Yellow total control hack » TASvideos Submission » Source Code (GPL) »

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