Wolf Paulus’ Journal

Hi there and thanks so much for stopping by!
My name is Wolf Paulus, I’m a photographer, hiker, hacker, but most of all, I’m an innovator and technologist, based in Sedona, Arizona.
This is my journal, where I share quick thoughts and ideas on technology.
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I’m a Principal Engineer at Intuit, an Adjunct Professor at GCCCD, 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.


April 29 - May 1, 2019 SpeechTEK, Speech Technology and AI Conference

On Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, I will be speaking at SpeechTEK 2019, The World’s Leading Speech Technology and AI Conference, where my talk is titled “The Engineering Of Emotion”.
October 12, 2019 Desert Code Camp, Phoenix, AZ

On Saturday October 12, I will be speaking at the Desert Code Camp.
The event takes place at the beautiful Pecos Campus in Chandler – Gilbert, AZ., where I will be talking about “Exploring Neural Word Embeddings with Python.” and also about Docker to Fargate, a hands-on talk showing how to create a Docker Container, storing its image in AWS ECR, a container registry, from which it is deployed and run, using AWS ECS and Fargate.

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.

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.


Installing Tomcat on macOS 10.15 Catalina

The Servlet 4.0 specification is out and Tomcat 9.0.x does support it. Time to dive into Tomcat 9. Prerequisite: Java Since OS X 10.7 Java is not (pre-)installed anymore, let’s fix that first. As I'm writing this, Java 11.0.1 is the ...
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A Universal Voice Browser

On September 25, Amazon released 80 new devices, some of which can be found here. Even for a company of its size, that is an impressive number and an even more impressive line-up. However, I think something much more profound ...
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From the Docks to the Gate

This is a story about a simple web-service that answers only one question: if a given number is prime. The core problem is first solved with a Java class, which is then wrapped into a WebServlet and tested within a ...
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Installing Java on macOS 10.15 Catalina

Since OS X 10.7 Java is not (pre-)installed anymore, let’s fix that. As I'm writing this, Java 11.0.4 is the latest version and AdoptOpenJDK is one of the best places to find Prebuilt OpenJDK Binaries. Easy to follow details about how to ...
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Raspberry Pi Zero W w/ Python 3

1GHz, single-core CPU 512MB RAM 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Case The Raspberry Pi Zero W V1.1 by far not the most powerful, but my favorite Raspberry Pi board, because it's so very most and ...
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Only speak when spoken to

It wasn’t Steve Jobs, but former Apple Computer CEO John Sculley, who in his book Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, introduced us to the Knowledge Navigator, an astoundingly capable virtual assistant. Today, more than thirty years later, smart speakers are trying ...
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