Impulse Experiment

The stage of the project shows a definitive step towards the creation of 'organisms' born of our three types of nodes: sensory, control, and actuator. Sensory nodes can interperet data from their environment; when a 'food pellet' enters their field of vision (shown by soft green field) of a sense node (green), the sense node is excited and passes a signal along to any adjacent control nodes (blue). When a control node is excited, it will share its signal with any neighboring control nodes and also excited any adjacent muscle nodes (red). Muscle nodes will impart a force on the organism they are a part of, propelling the entity around.

While the randomly-generated organisms that form at this stage of the project very rarely show any form of 'useful' behavior, we anticipate the development of functional organisms once we implement a 'natural selection' system that encourages the production of organisms that are built in such a way as to propel themselves towards food pellets, sustaining them. Non-functional organisms that are unable to seek and consume energy from their environment will simply denature back into stem cells.