Dr. Mark HumphrysBSc. Joint Hons (UCD), PhD (Cambridge)
I have many Project ideas for 3rd or 4th year or Masters projects.
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.
In terms of the World-Wide-Mind (see below), my PhD can now 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 now be seen as a model of AI that can survive broken links.
For an introduction to this idea see: Humphrys, Mark (2001), "The World-Wide-Mind: Draft Proposal", Dublin City University, School of Computing, Technical Report no. CA-0301, February 2001.
Updates to the project are at the World-Wide-Mind blog.
My program was certainly one of the first AI programs online. I think it was the first (a) AI real-time chat program, which (b) had the element of surprise, and (c) was on the Internet.
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 put up a few bits and pieces on The Internet in the 1980s.
My website has been running since 1994. You can go direct to an article I wrote in 1999 for the Irish Times, which summarises a lot of my experience of the Internet over the years, called "Why on earth would I link to you?".
Programs I have written for my email:
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 over 1,100 pages of material, with probably that amount again 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 Twitter feed is 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 strongly 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.