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, and 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.
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.
Landbot Scoop

Jiaqi Pan, CEO at Landbot, interviewed me for this episode of The Future of Chatbots podcast. “In today’s episode, I am talking to Wolf Paulus, a software engineer with a lifetime of experience who spent the last 9 years working for Intuit known mainly for tax filing products and QuickBooks accounting software. He shares his opinions about the evolution of chatbots and makes a case the voice user interfaces.” Well, I didn’t hold anything back “.. Chatbots are blackberries of our time ..”
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.



Tunneling Web and Git access through a remote VPN Client

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Cable Modem Signal Levels revisited

Fourteen years ago I wrote a blog post about the signal levels that come in and go out of your typical cable modem. Some things have changed some stayed the same. Let's revisit this topic. The IP address to connect ...
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Frictionless Speed / Zero Intent Skills

Teams had taken four runs down the 1,450 meter (almost 1 mile) long track, made of reinforced concrete, covered in ice. Still, their combined times were separated by less than a blink of an eye. The ice on the track ...
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Deploying Python AWS Lambda Functions

When it comes to deploying lambda function into AWS, I have been using mostly Java for the implementation language and runtime. However, using Python has some advantages, especially if the code does not require parallel threads. E.g., the deployment package ...
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Alicia vs Alexa

Democratizing the creation of delightful audible content Have you ever heard an interview with Alicia Keys? She spent most of her childhood in Hell’s Kitchen, one of New York City’s toughest neighborhoods. Experiencing how much emotion she’s putting into each word ...
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Even or Odd – Lambda Edition

Very recently, I showed you one of the probably easiest ways, to host your very own Java-based web-service. Remember, we added providedCompile group: 'javax.servlet', name: 'javax.servlet-api', version: '4.0.1' to the build.gradle file, implemented a WebServlet, and finally dropped a war ...
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