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 portfolios and everything photography related, can be found at https://wolfpaulus.photography

PRESENTATIONS

I’m appointed to the advisory committee for the Mobile App Development Certificate 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 of course.

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

UPCOMING

September 20, Java User Group, San Diego, California
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Java User Group in San Jose, California
On September 20, I will be speaking at the San Diego Java User Group on “Bots, Amazon Echo, and language user interfaces in general”

The graphical user interface (GUI) revolutionized computing, however, is becoming overburdened and more difficult to use, particularly on smaller mobile devices. The language user interface (LUI) can overcome this hurdle to usability, both alone and as a supplement to the GUI. It allows using our natural language with the simple user manual: “Just say what you want.” The Language User Interface is the core technology behinds text based (chat-) bots and voice enabled applications.

Microphone arrays and far field technologies are now available at market-ready pricing, enabling a large proliferation of environment based voice interaction. Soon, even through noise, multiple speakers will become identifiable, when interacting with appliances and specialized devices (e.g. Amazon Echo).

Come and learn about best practices for voice and language UIs: Simple patterns like adaptive greeting, randomness, maintaining context, or predictive follow-up, can make an already good Voice and Language User Interface spectacular. If you haven’t noticed yet, Amazon’s Echo has had a tremendous impact on the outlook of voice assistance. Is the era of ubiquitous voice assistants right around the corner? Perhaps, but there’s no denying the rise in popularity of voice and chat driven assistants.

P4NLA

 

October 8, Desert Code Camp, Chandler Arizona
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Desert Code Camp at the Chandler – Gilbert Community College Pecos Campus in Chandler, AZ
On October 8, I will be speaking at the San Diego Java User Group on “Bots, Amazon Echo, and language user interfaces in general”

The graphical user interface (GUI) revolutionized computing, however, is becoming overburdened and more difficult to use, particularly on smaller mobile devices. The language user interface (LUI) can overcome this hurdle to usability, both alone and as a supplement to the GUI. It allows using our natural language with the simple user manual: “Just say what you want.” The Language User Interface is the core technology behinds text based (chat-) bots and voice enabled applications.

Microphone arrays and far field technologies are now available at market-ready pricing, enabling a large proliferation of environment based voice interaction. Soon, even through noise, multiple speakers will become identifiable, when interacting with appliances and specialized devices (e.g. Amazon Echo).

Come and learn about best practices for voice and language UIs: Simple patterns like adaptive greeting, randomness, maintaining context, or predictive follow-up, can make an already good Voice and Language User Interface spectacular. If you haven’t noticed yet, Amazon’s Echo has had a tremendous impact on the outlook of voice assistance. Is the era of ubiquitous voice assistants right around the corner? Perhaps, but there’s no denying the rise in popularity of voice and chat driven assistants.

 

INSPIRING VIDEOS

Many new concepts that I implement in mobile applications, 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.

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS

“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

RECENT POSTS

Putting your Bot into Slack

It all began back in 1990, when Hugh Loebner initiated a contest, designed to implement the Turing Test. The Loebner Prize is an annual competition in artificial intelligence, where judges decide, which chatbot is the most human-like. The format of the competition is that of a standard Turing test. In each round, a human judge simultaneously holds textual conversations with a computer program and a human being via computer. Based upon the responses, the judge must decide which is which.
The most recent Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence competition happened last September, in Bletchley Park, where during World War II, the German secret codes were broken. read more…

Mobile Voice Conference 2016

The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) and TMA Associates organize the annual Mobile Voice Conference, which this year took place at the Westin in San Jose, California on April 11 and 12.
Recognizing that speech recognition, speech synthesis, as well as language interpretation has matured, the Mobile Voice Conference 2016 focused on Language User Interfaces and explored trends towards Conversational User Interfaces.
While WIMP (Windows Icons Mouse and Pointer) based user interfaces are getting complexer and more complicated (e.g. force-touch), a language user interface (using text or voice input) can often deliver results more conveniently, i.e., easier and faster. Prominent examples of such language user interfaces are Siri, Cortana, GoogleNow, or Alexa and while promising, their rule based (verses learning) nature exposes their limits rather quickly.
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Mac2Speech, a TTS Server for the rest of us

If you want to add none trivial speech output to your application, no matter if it’s a desktop, web, or mobile app, you need to find a way to convert text into speech (TTS) and eventually provide it in a sound format (like MP3) that can be played back on end-users’ devices. While some operating systems come with TTS capabilities built-in, the quality of the voice sound may vary more than you like, and an user experience spanning multiple OSes and platforms, almost always justifies or even requires the deployment of a TTS Web service.

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