Wolf Paulus’ Journal

Hi there and thanks so much for stopping by!
My name is Wolf Paulus, I’m a photographer, hiker, hacker, innovator, and technologist, based in Sedona, Arizona. This is my journal, where I share thoughts and ideas on technology.
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I’m a Principal Engineer at Intuit, an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and I’m appointed to the advisory committee at the University of California, Irvine. Occasionally, I speak at conferences and user groups, on topics ranging from Embedded/Mobile Technology to Emotional Prosody and Voice and Conversational User Interfaces.
UPCOMING

February 10-11, 2020 Conversational Interaction Conference

The CI Conference #CIcon2020 taking place in the Heart of Silicon Valley, at the DoubleTree San Jose, focuses on major AI trends in conversing with computers in human language.
On February 10-11, my talk is titled “Always empathic but never biased”. This talk explores and demonstrates possibilities of a likable and unbiased engagement, by using affective computing technologies and emotions analytics. I will ALSO turn to a more controversial but interesting topic: genderless bots and an approach that detects bias, before a bot relays it to its users.

The Bot Podcast

Usually, around this time of the year, I’d probably had spoken at several conferences and the calendar would show even more for the Fall, but I have no plans to speak at a ‘real’ conferences anytime soon .. but honestly, I really do miss it.
Let’s not feel too miserable, instead relive a moment when I shared some in-depth ideas about conversational interfaces and how to make them better for the future.
Digital Conversations with Billy Bateman

During this episode of Digital Conversations with Billy Bateman, I had the opportunity to talk about some principles of Voice User Interfaces and the importance of setting expectations.
November 13, 2020 AWS Community Day

The AWS Community Day is a regional conference organized and attended by AWS practitioners and its primary objective is peer-to-peer learning. This year’s US Western region AWS community day will be fully online. On Friday, November 13, 2020, I will be talking about the one AWS Lambda function that rules them all. showing the python implementation of an AWS Lambda function, performing things like: serving an HTML page,  consuming HTTP Post requests (sent from that page HTML page), calling other AWS Lambda functions, securely storing received data in a DynamoDB, synthesizing text into speech, i.e. returning an MP3, calling a native library or executable that was deployed with the lambda function .. and more.

Many of the new concepts I’m working on, are communicated best through video clips or short films.
Take a look at some 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 they tell.


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