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Barry Kort
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I never got to meet Michele Kort. It's been a decades-long genealogical detective story to surface the clues linking her branch of the American Korts to my own.

But her lineage reflects the same ideals of academic scholarship, public service, and social justice that I've held dear for seven decades.

"Michele Kort dedicated herself for decades to the feminist goals of justice, dignity, respect, diversity and women's empowerment—and fought with dogged determination." ~Ms. Magazine
On Friday, Ms. lost its senior editor, Michele Kort, after a more than three-years-long battle with ovarian cancer. Michele was the heart and soul of...
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+Rana El Kaliouby  is one of my colleagues from the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Here is Rana's debut TED Talk.

"Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives — how we learn, how we communicate, how we make decisions. Yet they’re absent from our digital lives; the devices and apps we interact with have no way of knowing how we feel. Scientist Rana el Kaliouby aims to change that. She demos a powerful new technology that reads your facial expressions and matches them to corresponding emotions. This “emotion engine” has big implications, she says, and could change not just how we interact with machines — but with each other." ~Introduction to Rana El-Kaliouby's TED Talk
Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives — how we learn, how we communicate, how we make decisions. Yet they’re absent from our digital lives; the devices and apps we interact with have no way of knowing how we feel. Scientist Rana el Kaliouby aims to change that. She demos a powerful new technology that reads your facial expressions and matches them to corresponding emotions. This “emotion engine” has big implications, she says, and coul...
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What a tool for . . . I had better not say. 
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More than 20 years ago, AT&T ran a series of ads depicting the miraculous things information technology would allow us to do in the future.
A series of AT&T ads from the early 1990s depict a futuristic world with video conferencing, e-books, and turn-by-turn directions.
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That is also true. Ah, old Ma' Bell.
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"The Bridge Builder" by Will Allen Dromgoole ...
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Louis Lefebvre is a gifted Canadian animator who has crafted a remarkable animated allegory, "I, Pet Goat II," from his animation studio, Heliofant. Five years in the making, Lefebvre's video is full of complex and arcane symbolism culled from many sources, both modern and ancient.
Louis Lefebvre is a gifted Canadian animator who recently released a remarkable animated allegory, I, Pet Goat II, from his animation studio, Heliofant. Five years in the making, Lefebvre's video is full of complex and arcane symbolism culled from many sources, both modern and ancient.
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Thought For the Day

Heredity is hereditary.

What does that mean?

It means that if your parents didn't have children, there's a good chance you won't, either.
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I looked at your YouTube video, +Corey Holland, and it's quite artfully crafted.

What would you like to show me?
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Why it will take an Act of God to solve a seemingly simple problem of registering an Apple iPad Mini to work on Verizon's cellular service.
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I rarely watch TV.  And I won't upgrade from Verizon DSL to FIOS because of technical issues that only a retired Network Planner like me would be able to foresee.
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After yesterday's high on the national stage, something very dispiriting happened in my local neighborhood.

I live in a 54-unit condominium in the suburbs of Boston, in an undistinguished town adjacent to historic Lexington and Concord.

Today, as I went out for a brief walk (and to pick up my mail), I unexpectedly saw signs for an Open House. When I saw the unit that was going up for sale, my jaw dropped. It was the unit of my newest neighbors, whom I had just met a few weeks earlier when the owner was out walking their dog -- a rare white retriever named Fenway.

This unit is owned by a couple with two adolescent boys. They make their living in the livery business, driving people to the airport or to appointments. They own three handsome vehicles which comprise their fleet.

The Trustees notified this family that there is an obscure regulation in the condominium bylaws prohibiting vehicles with commercial or livery plates from parking overnight on the property. The realtor who sold them their unit is also a neighbor who lives in the condos, and who was evidently unaware of this little obscure bylaw.

The Trustees evidently issued this couple a Cease and Desist Order, whereupon my new neighbors were obliged to put their unit up for sale and seek a more congenial place to live.

Upon learning of this lamentable state of affairs, I sent off a note to my new neighbors with this message:

"I just learned today that the Trustees have committed an outrageous atrocity against you. I am sickened and ashamed of my neighbors for treating you so callously and uncongenially. Please let me know if there is any action you wish me to take to air this grievance."

I am frankly at a loss for ideas on how to proceed in the face of this unconscionable state of affairs.
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I received an unsolicited message from one of my neighbors, Jim Lynch, who copied his message to all 54 unit owners of Bedfordshire Condominiums. Herewith is my reply to Jim, along with his original message to me.

https://sites.google.com/site/barrykort/home/jim-lynch-message-to-bedfordshire-residents
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One of the hazards of TV production can be seen at 0:48 ~ the shadow of one of the camera operators sinking out of view on the back wall, underneath the piano.
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+JL Herman What's wrong with noticing something about the video? This is, after all, a live performance. If you just wanted to hear it you could have gotten the CD.

Not to mention this song requires no comments...
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Stop the presses!  Neuroscientists have just discovered the Nyquist Sampling Theorem!

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Movies are based on the Persistence of Vision.
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Thought for the day ...

If you're going to be an autodidactic learner, you'd better begin by learning how to properly grade your self-assigned homework.
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+Hiawatha Bray  or Shirley Leung might be interested in working this up into a story for Boston Globe readers.

Verde Energy is a Connecticut-based energy trading company that seeks to enroll residential electric utility customers into designating them as the wholesale supplier for their residential electric service. Verde Energy is one of several such competing companies that call up prospective customers, seeking to switch them from their existing electric utility plan to an alternate plan through energy trading companies like Verde Energy. 

Last Friday, I received one such call (a live call, not a robocall), during which time I spoke to three customer service agents in Atlanta. The first one, Jeremy, could not answer my basic questions, so he handed me off to his supervisor, Kim, who similarly could not answer my questions. 

Finally, I spoke to the Enrollment Manager, Andrew Houck, who told me no one had ever asked the kind of questions I had posed to him. And then he sent me an E-Mail brochure.

In the link below you will find my response to Andrew Houck, along with his original solicitation message to me.

Understanding and Responding to Verde Energy
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The government deregulated all the utilities and now the utilities are flooded with sleazeball competitors.
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Work
Occupation
Cognitive Science Research
Skills
Science Education, Model-Based Reasoning, Diagnostic Reasoning
Employment
  • Cognitive Science Research, present
  • MIT Media Lab
    Visiting Scientist, 1999 - 2009
  • Bell Telephone Laboratories
    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, 1968 - 1987
  • MITRE Corporation
    Lead Engineer, 1987 - 1990
  • BBN Systems and Technologies
    Visiting Scientist, 1990 - 2000
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Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Boston MA
Previously
Omaha Nebraska - Omaha Nebraska - Lincoln Nebraska - New Orleans Louisiana - Mountain View California - Monmouth County New Jersey - Boston Massachusetts
Story
Tagline
You see a slow moving red-headed scientist wearing a wrinkled lab coat over a Science Museum Polo Shirt.
Introduction
I am a retired Visiting Scientist in the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab.

I am also a now-retired volunteer with the Boston Museum of Science.

You can find a longer biography of me here.
Bragging rights
Winner of the 1996 NII Award for pioneering innovations in children's education via the Internet. Winner of the Nelson and Small Prize at the University of Southern Maine for pioneering contributions to the establishment of innovative engineering programs in the EE Department.
Education
  • Stanford University (MSEE, Ph.D)
    Electrical Engineering, Engineering-Economic Systems, Operations Research, and Systems Theory, 1968 - 1975
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (BSEE)
    Electrical Engineering, 1963 - 1968
  • Omaha Central High School
    College Prep, 1960 - 1963
  • Omaha Benson High School
    College Prep, 1959 - 1960
  • Omaha Benson Junior High School
    Junior High, 1957 - 1959
  • Omaha Benson West Elementary School
    Grammar School, 1950 - 1957
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Male
Other names
Moulton the schmeggegy scientist from MicroMuse