Q. Who was Mentifex?
A. Mentifex made the Ultimate AI guaranteed to think and reason with logical inference in English, Latin, German and Russian, demonstrating a solution to the AI-hard problem of Natural Language Understanding. Mentifex was the author of the Mentifex Theory of Consciousness.
Q. What was the education of Mentifex?
Q. Why did
Mentifex say that
Q. What would be a typical test of Mentifex AI?
A. Suppose we tell the
Perl AI two things:
Suppose we then ask the AI:
John has a house
John has a car
We tried it just now and the ghost292.pl gave us the following output:
What does John have
Q. What was Mentifex-bashing?
Q. Was Mentifex on Twitter?
Q. What was the Mentifex Effect?
A. To his shock and horror, Mentifex discovered that IRL (in real life) persons who verbally insulted or physically assaulted Mentifex received an unwelcome visit from the Grim Reaper or minions of same. A first example occurred when teenage Mentifex (ATM) was living with his family at their 11056 address. One afternoon ATM sat casually outside with his older brother LJM and friends of LJM. One of them, cigarette-smoking Mike Spillane, suddenly said to ATM, "Do you want to see a match burn twice?" and he swiftly (physically, not mentally) struck a match against a book of matches and plunged the burning match into the exposed skin of the hand of ATM, searing a Reaper-degree burn into the back of ATM's hand. In shock, ATM did nothing about it, but several years later ATM inquired of LJM about the assailant and learned that he had died. Another time Mentifex went out on a date with the Commissar Lady from his university Russian class and they saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" at the Cinerama Theater. Upon arrival back at the family home at 11810 late at night, ATM could not get into the house because he had forgotten to carry a house-key. While he was trying various windows and doors to gain entry to where he lived, the next-door neighbor drove up an easement driveway and parked at his own house out of sight. Suddenly the neighbor and the boyfriend of his daughter ran up to Mentifex and the boyfriend began manhandling Mentifex and roughing him up against a wall of the house. Mentifex spoke German to the neighbor, who called the police to come and investigate the situation. A few years later, Mentifex did read in the newspaper that the bully boyfriend had perished in a raging river up in Snohomish county, caught in some weird configuration of rocks at the bottom of the torrent. Another time Mentifex (ATM) went to a Democratic primary caucus to promote Jimmy Carter for president instead of Henry Jackson. ATM wanted to ask if a representative at the state convention would have "carte blanche" to endorse a desired candidate, but ATM decided to speak the phrase the English way and not the French way, which might sound arrogant. Immediately another person, attending the caucus along with his wife, corrected ATM's pronunciation by saying "carte blanche" with the French accent which ATM had known about but not dared to use. When ATM went to another caucus four years later and the guy's wife announced that he had passed away, Mentifex felt a pang of sorrow and thought to himself, "Oh, Lord! All he did was correct my pronunciation; he did not deserve to die." A further, extremely weird example occurred when ATM's older brother LJM passed away and the newspaper reported that a former student who had heaped extreme verbal abuse upon ATM died the same day as ATM's brother. From then on, whenever Netizens insulted Mentifex on the Net, he would be seized with horror and panic at the thought that the insulting Netizen was now in grave danger vis-a-vis the Grim Reaper for insulting Mentifex. Gradually, however, it became clear that only IRL (in real life) abusers of Mentifex were in danger of karmic retribution from Doctor Reaper, and Mentfex was able to go back to enjoying the wit and cleverness of some of the insults without fearing for the karmic catastrophes of Real Life.
Q. Why did Mentifex complain about brain damage from Husky Football at
a December 2019 meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of Wasington?
A. In August of 2019 Mentifex was reading the national edition of The New York Times at a Starbucks coffee shop in room 101 of the Suzzallo Library on the campus of the University of Washington. An article about sub-concussion brain-damage from football upset Mentifex so much that he went to a photocopy shop on the Ave and made 107 doctored photocopies of the article with an imposed headline of "Hypocrisy of UW Huskies football" and he pamphleted the campus with anti-football fliers for the next several days. A few months later, the Husky football coach quit his job -- perhaps out of guilt and shame after reading one of the fliers from Mentifex. Then on 2019-12-17 Mentifex was again in the Suzzallo Library and saw an announcement that the Regents were meeting all day long up in the Petersen Room. Mentifex signed up to speak to the Regents and he meanwhile made thirty new photocopies of his anti-football flier, which was incorporated into the official minutes of the UW Board of Regents. The governing body of the university did not seem to care about the objections of Mentifex to Husky Football, but the coronavirus epidemic made it hard for any university to conduct football at great risk to students, workers and spectators.
Q. Why was the Republican senator Mitt Romney such a hero to Mentifex?
A. When it was looking like America as a democracy was all washed up and the American dream was over, the great American senator Mitt Romney took a courageous stand on principle and kept the last flicker of American greatness from dying out. When every single Republican senator except thanks-be-to-God Mitt Romney came out as a corrupt and spineless coward, His Heroic Greatness Mitt Romney spoke out for truth, justice and the American way. When American mothers could not hide from their children the fact that one sexually assaultive monster was in the White House and another was on the Supreme Court, the shining example of honest and courageous senator Mitt Romney gave the American people hope that there was still a single shred of decency among the otherwise rotten Republican senators. When Americans encounter a tough moral situation, they must find noble guidance by asking themselves, "What would Mitt Romney do?"
Q. Why did Mentifex code his main, concept-based artificial intelligence in
Perl, a moribund language being replaced Web-wide with Python?
A. Perl was chosen mainly for the sake of Unicode -- "a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems." Thanks to Unicode, Mentifex was able to release the original Perlmind which could think in both English and Russian, and which Mentifex was naively offering as a free gift to the ungrateful Perl community, who, instead of greeting the newcomer Mentifex with hospitality and brogrammer brotherhood, and with gladness that Mentifex was putting so much energy into possibly a revival of moribund Perl, au contraire, mon frere turned savagely against Mentifex and vilified him with vile epithets that said more about the disreputable characters infesting the Perl subReddit than about hard-working, self-sacrificing Mentifex. Not thinking for themselves but, in the manner of bound-for-prison Trump supporters, accepting and perpetuating old aspersions against Mentifex, the guardians of Perl tried to keep curious Perl coders from going down the "rabbit hole" of Mentifex artificial intelligence, deleting and denigrating the humble contributions that Mentifex was trying to share with the Perl community. With his childlike sense of trust and wonder, Mentifex was hoping to make Perl the epicenter of true, concept-based AI with Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and to create glamorous new AI jobs for expert Perl programmers. Mentifex, before he was deleted, banned and practically burned at the stake, was imagining Fortune 500 companies hiring fifty Perl programmers to each work on one of the fifty AI mind-modules in Perl. Mentifex envisioned every nation on Earth adopting Perl with Unicode for artificial intelligence in their own national language. Mentifex anticipated governments rushing into Perl artificial intelligence to keep up with other nations in the AI arms-race towards a Technological Singularity. But if the so-called Perl community does not want Mentifex, Mentifex must shake the dust from his shoes and wander the Web in search of a friendly community more accepting of new ideas.
2. Bibliography: What books has Mentifex written about AI?
3. Psychography: What minds has Mentifex created for Strong AI?
4. History of the Mentifex AI project
An Amazon Kindle e-book, The Art of the Meme, is actually a history of the Mentifex AI project.
5. Latest News about Mentifex
http://www.chatbots.org/ai_zone/viewthread/3750 -- AiMind discussion.
In the belief that the various AI Minds could think, albeit primitively, in English and in Latin and in Russian, Mentifex began stating that claim as a memetic ploy in many venues. The idea was to get Netizens to test each AI Mind so as to attempt to disprove, debunk and refute such an outrageous claim. The memetic ploy was similar to offering a "bug bounty" on Mentifex AI software, which could not yet be done, because the AI software was
far from not quite perfect. But each AI was
indeed thinking by having built-in concepts and by associating from concept to concept
to generate thoughts and ideas under the control of a linguistic superstructure.
6. Implications of Mentifex AI
http://sarudev.tiddlyspot.com mentions the AI Mind project.
http://www.google.com/patents/US8620890 is a patent that cites Mentifex MindForth.
http://publik.tuwien.ac.at/files/PubDat_221361.pdf -- mentions the MindForth AGI architecture.
http://papa.motd.org/cave/chatbot/aimind/prolog.org -- wants to write an AI better than Mentifex.
http://lj.rossia.org/users/sadkov/111836.html -- discusses Mentifex Russian AI.
https://github.com/paule32/mind -- as described in
http://agi.topicbox.com/groups/agi/Tcad0819005caf100 -- discussion on AGI mailing list.
7. Future time-line
Q. What is the likely future time-line of Mentifex AI?
Stage Two is a scenario where entities other than the originator Mentifex latch onto one of the AI Minds and fork its further development into their own branch of AI evolution. These forking entities with their "Aw, fork!" attitude may be individuals working artistically in a garret or dweebishly and nerdily in a basement, coding AI day after day into the night and into the history books. Imagine a community of such people, sharing tidbits and brag-bits like the otaku zoku of Japan, boasting about some new feature that they add to their AI, or some form of robot embodiment, or their venture into quantum computer AI coding or biomass neuronal architecture. Not too likely, perhaps, but consider the other entities who create AI not in garrets or basements but in high school or university laboratories, or in corporate workspaces, or in government facilities.
A corporate IT (information technology) department could establish an AI bunker apart from all other corporate functions and staff it with an initial team of department head, software development staff, AI safety oversight committee, and robotic embodiment personnel. The race is on. No one can predict here whether such AI efforts will remain open-source like the original AI Minds, or be released publicly, or be described in scholarly papers at public conventions. But all such corporate AI efforts will be subject to the same law of evolution: Survival of the Fittest.
Stage Three is a Technological Singularity which by its very definition defies description.
8. Self-modifying code for AI-Go-FOOM!
Q. How can we make a mentifex-class AI that replicates and enhances itself?
A. Certainly with the ghost.pl AI in Perl, and possibly also with MindForth, especially in Perl it is easy to write code that will read in its own program as a mind1.pl file, insert any new words or new ideas into the MindBoot sequence, write the expanded AI as a mind2.pl file, schedule the mind1.pl to die soon, and start the mind2.pl running as an enhanced AI ready to replicate itself and enhance itself even more.
9. How can I use Mentifex AI to write my
thesis or my
Q. Can I do research on Mentifex AI as such?
A. Yes. Various points of entry into a scholarly treatment of Mentifex AI include:
10. Ways to help or get involved in Mentifex AI
Q. How can I support the independent-scholar Mentifex project financially?
A. You can purchase a copy of Artificial Intelligence in Ancient Latin from Amazon as both a donation of support for Mentifex AI and as an investment in what could become a rare, collectible book in the future. It is available from Amazon in various countries:
11. Proto-Index of Mentifex Autobiography
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