School of Computing. Dublin City University.
My big idea: Ancient Brain
Dr. Mark HumphrysBSc. Joint Hons (UCD), PhD (Cambridge)
This site, the culmination of years of thought and work in AI, was launched on 12 Feb 2018.
It aims to become one of the most fun places in the world to code. It is a global archive of user-submitted programs that run in the browser. A sort of "YouTube of programs". Possibly even a "YouTube of games".
Jump on in. Go to the site. Start browsing and running the existing programs (called "Worlds"). And then clone and write your own!
For a simple overview, there are some Introductory Movies that you can play.
Multiple Minds in the same Body: My PhD thesis: "Action Selection methods using Reinforcement Learning" (1997) introduces "W-learning" - a Model of Mind whereby different parts of the mind modify their behaviour based on whether or not they are succeeding in getting the body to execute their actions. Where this is headed is towards a complex, overlapping, competing, sub-symbolic Society of Mind based on Reinforcement Learning.
I think I may have been the first to use Unhappiness based models of Action Selection using Reinforcement Learning numbers - that is, based on differences between the Q-values.
Under this view, my PhD can be seen as a model of AI where parts of the mind do not understand each other (e.g. could be written by different authors). My PhD can also be seen as a model of AI that can survive broken links.
For an introduction to the WWM idea see: Humphrys, Mark (2001), "The World-Wide-Mind: Draft Proposal", Dublin City University, School of Computing, Technical Report no. CA-0301, February 2001.
My program was one of the first AI programs online. I think I was the first person to put a chatbot on the Internet that was disguised as a person.
MGonz is written up as a book chapter: Humphrys, Mark (2008), "How my program passed the Turing Test", Chapter 15 of Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer, Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts and Grace Beber (eds.), Springer, 2008.
I have some general material on The Turing Test.
* MGonzNet * -------------------------------------------------- * help Help * who Nice VM Who * scoop The truth! * get Get the p program for your machine * p Query VM/SCS printer queues * p :printer: Query specific printer * --------------------------------------------------
I have put up a few items on The Internet in the 1980s.
My website has been running since 1994. See an article I wrote in 1999, which summarises some of my experience of the Internet over the years, called "Why on earth would I link to you?".
I did a post about Wikipedia, the site that everyone likes to use, and everyone feels nervous using: In defence of Wikipedia.
Programs I have written for my email:
My custom search engine:
I am an active local and family historian, and since 1983, I have done original research on a number of topics, families and houses in Irish, English and Scottish family history (including local history and motoring history). I have published on this offline, and one of the most interesting aspects of it is how to present all this complex information online through hypertext. There are now nearly 1,500 web pages of material, with probably 500 more still waiting to come online. It may take me 10 years to get all my information online.
Some of this has become part of my professional work. I have published papers on it. I have supervised Undergraduate and Masters projects based on this work. There has also been some media coverage recently.
Updates to the project are at the Genealogy blog.
My Reverse Ahnentafel Parser.
I debate politics and religion on Twitter at twitter.com/markhumphrys
If you're the kind of person who is going to be upset by other people's political and religious ideas, then please do not go there. Just take it as read that Humphrys has political and religious ideas you don't agree with, and go away. Because so does everybody, if you really get to know them.
In summary, I'm secular and pro-West. An atheist and a neo-conservative. There, that should offend everybody. For more, see the site above.
How I feel about the logical basis of all religions (including Christianity and Islam).
For a long exposition, see the site above.