Dr. Mark Humphrys

School of Computing. Dublin City University.

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The World-Wide-Mind

Action Selection

The Turing Test

AI in general


Computers and Internet

In the QS World University Rankings, my university DCU is no. 324 in the world, but gets into the top 50 under 50.

My department, the School of Computing, is the top ranked department in DCU.

Where I did my undergrad (UCD) is no. 131 in the world. Where I did my postgrad (Cambridge) is no. 2 in the world. Where I did my postdoc (Edinburgh) is no. 21 in the world.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Updates on the World-Wide-Mind project are here.

Updates on my genealogy research are here.

"MGonz somehow is president of the United States"


Two pieces on MGonz that took the time to look at my book chapter:

Turing Test

MGonz is mentioned in "The Stupidity of Computers", by David Auerbach, in n+1 magazine, Issue 13: Machine Politics, 22 Feb 2012.

As a result of the n+1 piece, MGonz moves into the art world.
Extract from "Pat Hoffie: Slogans" by Adam Jasper.
Article in Column, 2013, at the "ArtSpace" gallery, Sydney, Australia.
Article is about the 2013 exhibit "you gotta love it" by Pat Hoffie at the "ArtSpace" gallery.

Computer forensic work in legal case

I did the computer forensic work in 2007-12 for the defamation case against the "Rate Your Solicitor" site that led to a successful High Court order shutting down the site in Jan 2012.

  • My computer forensic work successfully identified those operating the site, who were not open with their identities. I used a web beacon to run a PHP script to identify their IP addresses. (They should have used an anonymous proxy.)

  • I also found deleted pages in the Internet Archive. (They should have used a Disallow line in robots.txt.)

  • Justice Michael Peart in his ruling (High Court judgement [2012] IEHC 42) was impressed by my technical work: "It has taken the plaintiff some years to identify the relevant parties against whom the proceedings should be directed .. given the anonymous and pseudonymous nature of the material posted on the website. ... The plaintiff engaged the services of Dr. Mark Humphrys, BSc. Joint Hons (UCD), PhD (Cambridge), who is a lecturer in the School of Computing at Dublin City University to prepare a number of reports in order to assist in the identification of the relevant parties who operate and control the website. Among those identified were the first, second and third named defendants. ... The reports from Dr. Humphrys are extremely technical and thorough. I could not possibly do justice to the comprehensive contents of same by attempting a summary, beyond saying that it is pellucidly clear that the first named defendant runs the website here, and that it is hosted by the third named defendant" ... and so on.

The book: The Most Human Human

MGonz is mentioned in the book: The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive (2011) by Brian Christian.
See pp.26-27 and p.82.

Turing Test
  • The MGonz chatbot

  • Not used: I did a radio interview in Apr 2011 on MGonz and related topics with Radiolab for New York Public Radio. They did not eventually use it, though, in their show: "Talking to Machines", 31 May 2011.

  • Science writer Nick Statt, 1 Mar 2011, on MGonz: "Since 1966, ELIZA has been used as a universal foundation for future chatbots. But two events near the end of the 20th century would mark a new era for artificial intelligence - a famous incident in 1989 that many consider to be an inadvertent passing of the Turing Test and the introduction of the Loebner prize in 1991, which has now become an annual showcasing of artificial intelligence progression."
  • OK, "a new era for artificial intelligence" is completely over the top. MGonz isn't as important as that. But please don't let me stop you!

  • MGonz is mentioned in Mind vs. Machine, Brian Christian, the cover story of The Atlantic magazine, Mar 2011. One tiny correction: Username "SOMEONE" was not his actual username. I'm hiding his username to hide his identity.

The Atlantic magazine, Mar 2011.

Turing Test

New PhD
  • Bernard Gorman gets PhD, 2008. Thesis title: Imitation Learning Through Games: Theory, Implementation and Evaluation

Turing Test

Parsing the Turing Test (2008).

Research with Bernard Gorman
  • Bernard Gorman and Mark Humphrys, "Imitative Learning of Combat Behaviours in First-Person Computer Games", 10th International Conference on Computer Games (CGAMES-07), Louisville, Kentucky, July 2007.

  • Christian Bauckhage, B. Gorman, C. Thurau & M. Humphrys, "Learning Human Behavior from Analyzing Activities in Virtual Environments", MMI interaktiv journal, 2007, Issue: 12 Pages: 3-17.

  • Gorman, B., Fredriksson, M. and Humphrys, M., The QASE API - An Integrated Platform for AI Research and Education Through First-Person Computer Games, International Journal of Intelligent Games and Simulations (IJIGS), Volume 4 Issue 2, June 2007.

  • Bernard Gorman, Christian Thurau, Christian Bauckhage, Mark Humphrys. Bayesian Imitation of Human Behavior in Interactive Computer Games. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) 2006: 1244-1247.

  • Bernard Gorman, Christian Thurau, Christian Bauckhage, Mark Humphrys. Believability Testing and Bayesian Imitation in Interactive Computer Games. 9th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB 2006): 655-666. Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4095, pp.655-666, 2006.

  • B. Gorman and M. Humphrys. Towards Integrated Imitation of Strategic Planning and Motion Modelling in Interactive Computer Games. ACM Computers in Entertainment, Vol. 4, No. 4, October 2006.

  • Gorman, B., Fredriksson, M. and Humphrys, M., QASE - An Integrated API for Imitation and General AI Research in Commercial Computer Games, in Proc. IEEE 7th International Conference on Computer Games (CGAMES 2005).

  • Bernard Gorman and Mark Humphrys, Towards Integrated Imitation of Strategic Planning and Motion Modelling in Interactive Computer Games, Third Annual International Conference in Computer Game Design and Technology (GDTW 2005).

Research in general

Vincenzo Brunacci (born 1768).
My doctoral supervisor "ancestor".

Other AI research
  • Steven Harford gets PhD, 2006. Thesis title: Content-Based Retrieval of Melodies using Artificial Neural Networks.

AI in general

Masters research

Other AI research
  • John Kelleher gets PhD, 2003. Thesis title: A Perceptually Based Computational Framework for the Interpretation of Spatial Language in 3D Simulated Environments.

Turing Test

AI in general

Computers and Internet

Turing Test

On the Internet for years. (Since 1987.)

246 M - The fastest speed I've seen so far on my home Internet access. (Virgin Media TV cable.)
Tested here.

893 M - The fastest speed I've seen so far on my work Internet access. (DCU through HEAnet.)
Tested here.

When I was first on the Internet in the 1980s, I was on at 2 k. (Yes, that's just 2 kbps.) This was actually fast enough for Internet chat.

Feeds      w2mind.org

On Internet since 1987.