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Barry Kort
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Patent Monk brings searching for prior art into the 21st century.
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Declaration of Indignation

When in the curse of human events, it becomes necessary for one blogger to address the political bugaboos which have disconnected one neighbor from another, and to assume among the powers of authorship, the unalienable station to which the Bardic Arts entitle them, a decent send-up requires that one should declare the causes which impel them to the revolting demonstration.

Herewith a shreklisch reprisal of a long-lost legend ...
A land called Shire in Bedford is beset by a voracious dragon who dwells in the nearby Wetlands. The lumbering beast carries an appetite which ravages the land. In order to placate the beast, the good folks of Shire, under the unyielding command of the Governor General, feed the dragon two ...
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How Consciousness Changes

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Patricia Albere: "How do you notice that your consciousness is different? What is your consciousness like being immersed in the particular reality that Gregory Bateson was proposing, that he was bringing forth?"

Nora Bateson: "I have no way of answering that.  [laughter]  I can't, because I don't know anything else, so I have no contrast. I can say this: I'm really enjoying the work that I'm doing right now ― engaging in the conversations spinning from his ideas and the things he left behind and how I'm beginning to play with them, and what they mean — the relevance that they have now."

My observation is that when you make a connection, when you see the hidden pattern that connects the dots (e.g. at a higher level of abstraction), you experience an emotional thrill, a warm fuzzy, an endorphin high. Theologians called this a "Hallelujah" moment.  Buddhists call it a Moment of Enlightenment (sometimes referred to as Satori or Nirvana).  Scientists call this a "Eureka Moment" or a Moment of Insight.  You know it by gasping, "Aha!" (that being an Inhalation of Inspiration). Note that the "Aha!" moment is the opposite of "Arrgghhh!!!" which is an Exhalation of Exasperation.
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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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The 11-minute audio clip (plus DISQUS comments from enthusiastic listeners) are now up for this interview with author Jacky Collis Harvey, who has a new book out on what it's like to be a redhead.
British author Jacky Colliss Harvey discusses the history of red hair, including myths and surprising scientific facts.
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+Sordatos Cáceres uhhhh
Well, yes, I like being a redhead. It's why my hair has been reddish for the last 15-20 years.

(Now the not so secret secret, I was blonde as a child, and now actually dark blonde. But, I like the red with my green eyes. I'm Irish and the color works.) 
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"Low intelligence may lead to a craving for order, authority, and hierarchy."

Aha! That explains it.
Low intelligence may lead to a craving for order, authority and hierarchy.
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Since minorities consistently score lower on IQ testsb than other groups then by this research they must be really racist and conservative. Oh wait, on the other hand since minorities consistently score lower on IQ tests, those tests are unfair and don't really measure true intelligence. 
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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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+Edeinawc I'm a "production values" guy myself, but personally I like to see camera shadows and boom mikes in the shot from time to time. It's the "string noise" of live work!
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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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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