Institute of Mimetic Sciences

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Institute of Mimetic Scienes

"Shadow owes its birth to light" -- John Gay

Mimetic Synthesis is a new terminology that more accurately describes a programming methodology used to mimic human behavior in a computer such as a PC. Previous work in this field has been incorrectly categorized under various aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI).


to imitate human behavior with computers. Computational Behaviorism.

Institute of Mimetic Sciences is a non-profit corporation dedicated to research and development for the imitation of human behavior in machines. Our members are multidisciplinary artists, scientists, engineers, and theorists. We believe that machine performances may be built one aspect at a time, rather than wait for some general theory to be discovered.

Open Source Projects

Research Projects

Applied Technologies

Lesson Plans

About Us

    To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

    The Institute of Mimetic Sciences is a Georgia non-profit corporation. See the linked file to read our articles of incorporation, or look us up at the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division. We are categorized as Active / Compliance.

    Our areas of activity include Science, Education, and Religion.

    We are not a church. We are not a school. But we believe in the human spirit, and we aim to imitate humans with machines for the good of humanity and will promote love and understanding among the people and the machines that we share with the Earth and beyond.

    We do not have shareholders. We do not accumulate revenue of monetary nature. We have members who have academic accomplishments and have even transmitted our software through radio telescopes to other star systems. (Kevin Copple, EllaZ) Membership is by invitation only, but please contact us if you are interested in collaborating or contributing.

    In Solidarity,

    Robby Garner

    Articles of Incorporation

A Brief History of Mine

When the Internet was young, we were using Zipf's law to prioritize which stimuli to give responses to. That was one of Dr. Richard Wallace's contributions to the art. One of the things that I started doing, around 1995 was to build chatbot rules from thousands of online chats that we received at the FringeWare book store, where I worked in Austin Texas (from Cedartown.)

In 1998, Paco Nathan and I were recruited by the BBC to create an online Turing test that viewers of the show Tomorrow's World could interact with and try to identify the bots. They were wrong 18% of the time. Later that year I won the Loebner Prize contest after 4 previous attempts. My program fooled 2 of the 5 judges, and that got me into the Guinness Book of Records. They didn't even tell me. I found out by accident when Sara picked up the 2002 book while we were browsing around Sam's Club store and she said, "hey, look at this!" It stil had that record printed in it. I won again in 1999 but only fooled one judge that time.

This century, I was invited along with 4 of my other competitors to provide a bot for the Royal Society Turing test in London. I used to host a discussion forum called "Robitron" that was a virtual watering hole for discussions about philosophy, everyone's latest tricks, and general arguments from the non believers. We even rated a suicide note from Chris McKinstry, a scientist who killed himself in Chile after having argued with us for months about his theory of 7 dimensional space and its relationship to the human mind.

I guess my most recent highlight was being contracted to write the chatbots for Annie Dorsen's play, "Hello Hi There," acted by two macbooks running my software, performed in major cities around the world, and in NYC.

I became good friends with Hugh Loebner. We met in person for the first time in 2002, just before my current employer at the time hosted the Loebner contest in Atlanta. We met again in 2005 when I was invited to give a talk at a colloquium on conversational systems at University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. I have never attended a Loebner Prize Contest in person. I competed in 6 of them, perfecting my craft each time.

Counting Bletchley Park on Turing's 100th birthday, that makes 8 contests where I was either median score or dominated the contest.

My contribution to it all was computational behaviorism, after the phrase coined by Dr. Thomas Whalen in 1995. My work demonstrated that computational linguistics was an artificial limitation brought on by bot designers who ignored the human nature of judges in the Turing test.

© 2020 Robby Glen Garner