Eksdyne Research Seeks Kickstart for Open Source Synthetic Intelligence Project

Josh Eckstein, director of VT KnowledgeWorks member company Eksdyne Research, has an innovative idea and is seeking funding in an innovative way.  He's using Kickstarter to pitch E1: synthetic intelligence, open source.

How E1 works (from Kickstarter)

Attach inputs like cameras, microphones, and sensors – and output mechanics, like servos, actuators, or motors. E1 starts out in an untrained state, but can receive reward and punishment with a remote. It can also detect some set of behaviors, like facial expressions. Over time E1 not only learns what you teach it, but learns the conditions that lead to reward and punishment and so when it should reward or punish itself.

Surprisingly complex behaviors are possible with the combination of simple training and the sensory analytics done by the E1. And all of these details are handled out of your way, from signal decoding to feature detection. Tap the outputs via the header pins on the board itself, or let E1 talk to your outputs for you.

It may sound like science fiction, but the technology isn't. It just ends up in high research more often than it does hobby kits, and we'd like to flip that trend.

Eksdyne offers a variety of rewards for being a backer but the top one, as it is for every investor, is this:

"Whenever people see E1, they'll see that you made it happen." 

You're invited to read more about E1, learn about E1 on Kickstarter and follow Josh Eckstein on Twitter.


  1. Thanks for the post!

    One thing that's neat about the Kickstarter funding process is that it's all-or-nothing – only at the end of the funding period, and only if we've met our goal, do backers get charged, so it's less risk for everyone.

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