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Barry Kort
Attended Stanford University (MSEE, Ph.D)
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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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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 ...

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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Building and Managing Personal Trust Networks

One of the features of the Information Age and Social Networks is the rising importance of Trust Networks.

What is a Trust Network?

It's a network of individuals, organizations, and agents that one confidently feels they can unconditionally trust to be honest, reliable, ethical, constructive, pro-social, and responsive.

Adding or removing individuals, organizations, or agents in a Trust Network is not an easy process. I tend to be cautious in adding new members to my personal Trust Network, and reluctant to summarily dismiss or remove an existing member.

I value mutual trust and mutual respect. And I lament episodes where mutual trust and mutual respect are eroded in an unexpected, surprising, disappointing, inscrutable, heartbreaking, or inexplicable manner.

A few years ago, I wrote this blog post about the principal considerations in building and managing a Trust Network.

The academic name of this subject is FaceWork Theory.
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Adventures in Escalation

Over the course of the past week, I've spent about five hours with no fewer than seven Verizon representatives in three states trying to diagnose a glitch in registering my Apple iPad Mini, which seems to have pretty much everyone vexed, perplexed, aggravated, frustrated and mystified.

It looks like it's going to take an Act of God to solve this one.
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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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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

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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Adventures in Escalation

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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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