Hi! I’m Wolf Paulus. I’m a photographer, hiker, hacker, technologist, based in Ramona, California.
This is my journal, where I share quick thoughts and ideas on technology.

My photography portfolio can be found at https://wolfpaulus.photography


I’m appointed to the advisory committee at the University of California, Irvine, and occasionally speak at conferences and user groups on topics ranging from Embedded Technology to Emotional Prosody, and everything Voice and Conversational User Interface related.

Take a look at some slides from my most recent talks.


January 30-31, 2017 Conversational Interaction Conference


The CI Conference taking place at The Westin in San Jose, will discuss interaction with digital devices and applications by text or speech in natural language.
On January 30, I will be speaking at the conference on creating effective Conversational User Interfaces.

April 24-26, 2017 SpeechTEK


SpeechTEK 2017 is taking place in Washington DC and discussing “Speech as the Innovative Interface”. On April 24, I will be speaking at the conference on “The Conversational User Interface is a Minefield”


Many of the new concepts that I implementing, are communicated best through video clips or short films.

Take a look at some high quality short HD films that I have created over the last few months and years.


“Amateur Professionalism”, a concept used since 2004, describes an emerging sociological and economic trend of people pursuing amateur activities to professional standards. That pretty much describes how I look at my photography work today.

If you like, take a look at some of my photos and the stories behind them, at https://wolfpaulus.photography


AI World Conference

The AI World Conference and Expo took place from November 7th to 9th at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.


William Meisel, Ph.D., president, TMA Associates, led a 1/2 day seminar and provided insights and analysis on how to determine, which applications are best used for Digital Assistants and Bots communicating in part in human language on platforms ranging from apps in mobile phones to chatbots on web sites to bots in messaging applications.

Bill once again pointed out that bots will be made smarter the more they get used, a virtuous cycle (events which reinforce themselves through a feedback loop.)
He suggested to start by thinking about, what you can answer and working backwards from there. Eventually, bots should be rolled out very slowly … read more…

Debugging your Alexa Skill

Hosting a skill for the Amazon Alexa platform can be more or less involved, depending on the implementation language and hosting platform you pick. If you have some experience with the Java-Servlet life-cycle, then implementing a skill in Java, using Amazon’s Alexa-Skills-Kit library for Java, available in this Maven Repository and on Github, becomes an easy task.
Mainly to show how to setup a gradle based web-application project for an Alexa-Skill, I have put together a “Hello-World” kind of Alexa-Skill (available on Github) that can perform very simple calculations. E.g., “Alexa, ask Calculator what is seventeen divided by five”.
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Audio Routing and Recording

Originally, an iPod connected to your Mac, would show up in the Spotify app, allowing you to copy songs to the device and enjoy them later, when untethered. Not anymore.

Fortunately, the analog loophole still exists; but admittedly, it’s a very inconvenient way to replicate the above mentioned lost functionality.

Step1: Install the Soundflower kernel extension, which can be found here: https://github.com/mattingalls/Soundflower/releases/

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