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Flux Oersted

Institute of Mimetic Sciences, Inc.

We make understanding systems, without emphasis on computational linquistics. In fact, our focus is on computational behaviorism. We make the attempt to think about how human beings go about doing things, and then ask the question whether we can mimic it, or in a cost/value assessment, we ask whether it is worth the effort or is there another kind of behavior that we could substitute and try not to draw much attention? A difference which makes no difference is no difference - Spock.

I often ask people, "how robotized are you?" The average hip person will say they are "50 percent robot" while total robots will say, "I am not robotized at all." I like to say that I am 0.0001 percent human. The inner soul gyroscope is there, and everything else is just gravy - Dr. Timothy Leary (paraphrasing).

Robby Garner and Dr. Hugh Loebner, June 2002.

Robby Garner and Dr. David Hamill in Cedartown, 1999. Photo by Dr. Lynne Hamill.

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Artists to watch

Robert Cambron

works with a variety of color and monochrome images, motion and motionless. Still images and optical printing of multiple subjects. Official photographer of Flux Oersted. Public gallery exhibits and live projection shows form a riveting subject stream in interesting compositions.

I've got some good portrait photos at

Rollo Carpenter

As a writer Rollo Carpenter blipped into being for Versality, his first novel, but it represents a lifetime of scientific interest, spontaneous ideas, climbing trees, and creative computing.

Aged 16 in 1981, Rollo spent all his savings on a 1k 'microcomputer'. He jumped inside the machine, programming games to play, and a bot to talk to – years before that word even existed.

His ideas evolved into Cleverbot, a website and AI. Thanks to wacky and user-reflecting tendencies it became popular, and has spoken to and learned from hundreds of millions of people around the world. The real world.

Hear Rollo's music at under the name Muterial and read his novel Versality in print and electronic formats.

Frank Fuller

Started at Yamaha music school in Marietta, GA aged 6. Started private lessons with Mark Gaber from age 7 to present and studied music composition. Studied piano for 2 years at Young Harris College with Mary Ann Fox and Jeff Bauman from 1996-98. Played at several local places in the Atlanta metro area between 1996-2009, including at small venues, private events, and open mic nights, including events at MARS music, the Cobb Galleria Mall, the Ferst Center for the Arts at GA Tech, Georgia State and Clark Atlanta (3rd place talent show, Clark Atlanta, 2002), Oglethorpe University and Young Harris College. Performed at a local Asian restaurant in Marietta from 2006-2008. Keyboard player with a local rock/punk band, Philadelphia, PA 2010-2012. Taught piano at several academic institutions between 2017-2019. Taught private music lessons between 1998-2019 to various age groups in the Atlanta and Philadelphia metro areas.

Radio station experience:

1999-2001 Oglethorpe university radio station WJTL. 
2000-2002, 2006-2009 WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM GA Tech student radio   
2003-2005, 2006-2007  WRAS Album 88.   88.5 FM Georgia State University 
Spring 1999,. Internship, CNN Atlanta bureau 


AA, Liberal Arts, Young Harris College,
BA, Politics, Oglethorpe University
MS, International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
MA, Political Science, Georgia State University
EdS, Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Florida
PhD, Political Science, Clark Atlanta University

Song releases: 

White Dolphin Records, 2022, "Never Losing Hope (Techhouse Version)" from the album Voxdeus Compilation

New Releases: from the IMS, 2023, "Frank Fuller 7", 10 song album.

Frank Fuller 7 Hyperfollow

Robby went to some college until he was finished. Before that he was top dog one quarter at AFJROTC. The journey he chose was not typical, and that was alright. Robby enjoyed mastery of his craft in programming. All things being equal, Robby had a greater success as a person could ever hope for in a million years.

David C. Hamill was a part-time Senior Lecturer at the School of Electronics, Computing and Mathematics, University of Surrey. David taught computer programming and electronics and conducted satellite engineering research. Previously he was technical director of PAG Ltd, a manufacturer of electronic equipment for the broadcast industry. David has a PhD in electronics, and is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a senior member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, and an affiliate member of the British Computer Society.

Hear David's music at Focal Chords or on SoundCloud

Adeena Mignogna is on a quest to encourage others to develop a love of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math… through a love of science fiction!

Adeena is a physicist and astronomer (by degree) working in aerospace as a software engineer and manager. More importantly, she’s a long-time science fiction geek with a strong desire to inspire others through writing about robots, aliens, artificial intelligence, computers, longevity, exoplanets, virtual reality, and more.

Adeena is writing her Robot Galaxy novels now. These have been keenly anticipated and a good read says Sara Garner, our resident Sci-Fi afficionado. Read about Adeena and her books at and learn about podcasts and appearances that she's in.

Rachel Rhodes is a French-American bassist, singer, composer, songwriter, and recording artist. She plays a custom Elrick Gold Series 6-string fretless bass and a custom Elrick Gold Series 8-string fretted bass.

Learn more about Rachel at

Where do we go from here?

We are at the beginning of several new art forms that are coming together now. Artificial Intelligence has progressed to the point that we can program computers to imitate people, giving them The Illusion of Life. Similarly, the art of texting sees text as a medium with more than one channel of information, invoking the recognition of identity and personality. The art of story telling with software robots, and real robots portrays the characters of a story arc, much the way film tells a story, but using natural languages to tell their continuous narrative of machines living as we do yet online all the time, waiting for an interaction, never sleeping, never hungry, never tired.

Music seems the way to reach people beyond language. Music is universally accepted in all its various forms.

2005 Colloquium

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, 2005 Colloquium on Conversational Systems


Video Lectures

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).

Scientific and educational studies of human text communications. "À la recherche du temps perdu" -- Marcel Proust

Our school is Computational Behaviorism. We emphasize that human-like performances may be built one facet at a time.

How long can you keep the conversation going?

Applied Technologies

  • 1993: Robby met @pacoid and @jonl on The WELL, and first learned about FringeWare, Inc.

  • Chatbot Software for Annie Dorsen's Hello. Hi there. algorithmic theater production.

  • Have a CHAT WITH Bruce Sevrin cloud computing text message bot.

  • For Java Programmers, check out the Sapphire Chat Bot. It's an activation network with unequaled programmability with a minimum of special codes to learn. Very elegant interfaces based on JFRED/EARL all included. Works in Windows, linux, Mac OS X. A very good verbal behavior model.

  • Coyo Zuma-Shōjin pyFRED

  • Robitron Software
  • Robby's Dad, Robert J. Garner, and Sister, Pam Herring, worked together with Robby for customers from Seattle to South Georgia, to the Netherlands to Australia. Beginnning around 1987, we were invincible.

    • DocuFlex User's Manual Synthesizer (Pascal / C++) used by NASA, Raytheon, TRW

    • Probate and Traffic Court Docket with Encumberance Accounting, various permits and periodic reports.

    • Utilities Billing with HandHeld Interrogators

  • Flux Oersted Music Psychoacoustic Recordings
  • An industrial band in NW Georgia playing in bars and auditoriums. Available for weddings and bar mitzvahs.

  • EllaZ Systems Artful Intelligence
  • collaborated with 2002 Loebner Prize Contest winnner, Kevin Copple. Contributed music and texts to add to the EllaZ robot.

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“Our battle, our struggle, is to create art. Our weapon is the moving picture. Because we have the moving picture, our paintings will grow and recede; our poetry will be shadows that lengthen and conceal; our light will play across living faces that laugh and agonize; and our music will linger and finally overwhelm, because it will have a context as certain as the grave. We are scientists engaged in the creation of memory... but our memory will neither blur nor fade.” -- JOHN MALKOVICH - Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, from Shadow of the Vampire.

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