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Barry Kort has been shared in 46 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Paul Hutchinson2,183#FF  Part of my "Science" circle2015-04-03 08:18:37501001
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
John Nuntiatio39,469#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-26 07:41:04207142
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)37,221#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-27 06:18:55201172
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046118
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304681
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018312
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415255987
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348088
Jason Hurtado Daniels12,888Shared CircleSustainability and Clean TechnologyThis is the first installment of a community I am growing. Please let me know if you want to be included. Frequent sharers about: #biology #biomass #biomedical #energy #environment #ethanol #gardening #food #geothermal #green #innovation #international #internet #Linux #methane #opensource #organic #renewable #science #software #solar #startup #strategy #sustainability #technology #wave #web #wind #wireless#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle  2013-01-16 01:47:255005711
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Geek's Circle: (Note I have just cleaned my G+ to try to remove inactive users.) Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:47:49501012
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Science and Technology Circle.... Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:46:46501105
John Kellden7,662Here's a few people who are not too shabby.I will spend a week in Greece with wife and kids. Have promised not to bring laptop, and not cheat too much with the G+ mobile thing either. This means you will have to wander aimlessly through the Google Plus Ghosttown while I'm working my tan, enjoying food and wine and sploshing about in the pool. But have no fear, quality content and even higher quality conversation is just a few clicks away, even if you only add a few of the people in the below circle. You all behave now, and talk more in a week.2012-06-18 09:24:0950043238
John Kellden6,655Google Plus People Worth Reading And Listening To, take two+Shamil Weerakoon was perceptive enough to notice I had set my phaser to stun, sharing this circle only to my extended circles. Here it is again in all its public glory. :) I tweaked it a bit to be able to squeeze in a few more...2012-05-08 17:45:22500502438
Eileen O'Duffy4,436Calling all Educators worldwideThis is my updated Educators circle. Most of us educators post and have an interest in a very wide variety of subjects such as philosophy, psychology, sociology. media, art, photography science, technology etc. For this reason I’m trying to curate and collate the best of education posts on +24-7tutorials.com ,my education news page. I’d like a wide cosmopolitan mix rather than a focus on Ireland/UK/US only. +Radu Jugureanu +Olimpius Istrate Romanian education system? +Juan-Pablo Ferrero Spanish? +chowdary kodali Indian? +John Macasio Philippines? If you’re posting great education stories of general interest, can you post public and tag +24-7tutorials.com ? (you’ll need to add the page to circles so I can share)2012-04-10 20:34:0838227815
Robert Kappenhagen151+Charlie Hoover this is Fraser's Science circle (with a few of my own additions) If you want to share it with anyone.2012-03-08 01:47:57295000
Eileen O'Duffy2,160A number of people have requested I share my Educators CircleThis circle includes some friends and followers who are not educators but interested in education. I’ve also a few ‘high fliers’ who haven’t posted yet e.g. +Marc Prensky We are eagerly awaiting your posts! Please comment below if you work in education and want to be added. If you want to follow education news only my 24-7tutorials.com business page is here https://plus.google.com/104011470055537289400/about2012-02-22 14:59:153598510
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is my biggest circle, #Intellectual. I'd advise you follow either this or #Political, depending on which appeals to you more. As you can see, I follow a lot of very serious people, which is the sort of stuff I post as well. There's way more than what I've shared with you on +Google+ . There's +Handmade , there's +Android , there's +Funny Pictures & Videos . It's not just about serious stuff, even though that's what I mostly use it for.Anyway, happy G+ing! Make circles, post things, fill out your profiles, and if you see something really cool, share it! I don't have a good #Music circle, or a good #Photography circle, so one day you guys might share circles with me that I'd like :)P.s. Some useful tips. Google+ has #hashtag support, so when you put a "#" before a term it makes it a clickable link to see other times someone's mentioned that hashtag. So clicking #Intellectual up there would take you to a bunch of intellectual posts. And you tag people or pages with a "+" before their name.2012-01-23 13:52:20463500
Fraser Cain24,647My official, super science circle+Robert Scoble wanted me share my awesome science list. These are people who are active on Google+ and love to talk about science. We've got actual scientists, journalists, bloggers... even an astronaut!If you still don't really get why Google+ is such a great resource, just import this circle, and suddenly you'll see amazing science posts streaming by. Then you'll understand.For those of you wondering how to get on this list, just reply to this share suggesting yourself or someone else who's active and sciency. I'll take a look through your posting history and then add you.For Science!2012-01-17 21:41:532487414188
Imaad Saiyed0"You need more Science in your diet."- +Chris Pirillo.I've gained a lot of new followers in the last month; many have just joined Google+ and have an empty stream. For those of you who are brand new to the service, I want you to understand:The key to enjoying Google+ is to have an active and engaged stream of content. Circle interesting people.To help you out, I'm sharing my carefully curated science circle. This list contains almost 250 people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science topics. We've got scientists, journalists and science enthusiasts.If you import this circle, you'll see what I'm seeing, and I think you'll get why I like Google+ so much. If you don't import it, you'll see an empty screen and wonder why your friends haven't joined.I try to share this circle once a month or so, with some new faces, and the inactive people removed. So I suggest you import this list into a brand new circle which you can then replace when I send out an update._As always, if I've missed someone, please let me know and I'll be glad to add them for the next round._" Via +Fraser Cain #sharedcircle2012-01-11 06:09:50245200
Gregory Esau87An enhanced version of my previously shared circle of "World Intelligence" . If there is anybody else that you feel should be on here... maybe even you!!...please let me know. This is what I call my "World Intelligence" Circle. The purpose of this circle is that collectively, they give us a enhanced understanding of the world...and this included our Google Plus World!!...we live in.Our collective goal is to build on this circle, to constantly improve the diversity of views, and depth of knowledge, so we can 'crowd source' better ways to both understand the world in which we operate, but in turn lead in this world, to make it a better place for all of us. This Circle falls roughly into six categories:1) Economics and Economic Systems2) The Internet and Social Technologies3) Politics and Global Politics4) Science and Technology5) Religions and Spirituality6) Environment and Ecological Systems. These all inter-relate in one way or another, and it has long been my view, to understand our world, we need to constantly learn, and collaboratively share our knowledge around these 'systems'. None of us individually can 'know' or 'understand' the world, but as a collaborative enterprise, we can develop better knowledge for better leadership.2011-12-11 00:07:392393212
Derek Dunfield121My Science Circle After a month off, this might be the perfect return-post. A combination of +Robby Bowles and +Allison Sekuler 's Science Circle with +Fraser Cain's Science Circle, I present to you 442 great people to follow. (cc +Brian McGirr)2011-12-06 04:27:21442936
Jon Hiller3,781I would like to share a circle that encases #science #astronomy& #physics and a few #biologists. I present to you, the Sci Talker circle2011-12-03 05:49:31355754
Mike Powell0SCIENCE NASA CIRCLEMike Powell shared a circle with you.2011-10-28 04:20:57328101
Christopher Long0Stanford AI Class CircleChris Long shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 11:47:31491001
Juan Gabriel Calderón-Pérez0This is my updated Stanford AI Class Circle. If you want to get added, leave a comment below. I also have a circle for ML and DB. :-)Resources:Facebook AI Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242894285747091/Facebook ML Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146765042081335/Strong Artificial Intelligence Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongartificialintelligence/Stanford Courses Forum: http://www.stanfordclass.comTop 10 Study Groups & Resources for Stanford’s Open Class on AI: http://therohanaurora.com/stanford-ai-open-class-resources/Download GNU Octave for ML: http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/download.htmlYoutube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/knowitvideos#g/uTwitter: http://twitter.com/aiclassGoogle Group: http://groups.google.com/group/stanford-ai-class Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/aiclass/Class Notes (By the AI Community): UNIT1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tF3TJ98uysJHKasFjBidBolhQBNLhz9H0sx28D6Fku0/preview?hl=en_US&pli=1&sle=trueUNIT2: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eH5ZqtpOpVsURqelWEydTesFKInqXJVXLQElMUGElPA/preview?hl=en_US&sle=trueClass Notes (By LarveCode): Unit Notes in a fun way: http://larvecode.tumblr.com/tagged/ai-classClass Notes (By +Ivan De Marino ): Ivan's Blog: http://blog.ivandemarino.me/2011/10/16/ai-class-com---Notes-of-Lesson-1-and-2UNIT1: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/5a5f0750-5afd-4aa8-89b3-f1415dee4d00/a5ba70b87bcaee6cddb409632a9bba4dUNIT2: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/42ff5536-31af-4dd0-a0e8-7d17e38b62f1/d89e4cbd0fd75ba1ace59cab1a3b7182Extras: For those interested in other free Stanford courses visit the Stanford Engineering Everywhere Program here: http://see.stanford.edu/see/courses.aspx2011-10-15 23:07:104893324299
Robert Scoble161,698A circle of geeks (part I). Here's almost 1,000 active geeks. Programmers, developers, and highly technical people. Here's A-K.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 03:14:05493806964
john sawyer30New Linux circle. Thanks guys.john sawyer shared a circle with you.2011-10-09 01:29:18398022
Daniel Allan0My Standford AI circle, right on 500 :)Daniel Allan shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 20:30:23500301
Darren Bounds4,529I've read that the 250 limit on shared circles has been lifted. Here's my Space & Science circle again with the full 449.Darren Bounds shared a circle with you.2011-10-07 13:38:564491549
Ravi sharma12If you love scienceRavi sharma shared a circle with you.2011-10-03 12:57:51202100

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2014-11-08 15:18:54 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also... more »

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2015-01-27 21:07:32 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I expect Deflategate will turn into a Comic Opera in the style of Mozart.

The villain, of course, will turn out to be Deflater Mouse.

Most plusones: 10

2014-11-08 15:18:54 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also... more »

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2015-05-25 11:56:19 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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.

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.___

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2015-05-14 23:29:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"The Bridge Builder" by Will Allen Dromgoole ...

"The Bridge Builder" by Will Allen Dromgoole ...___

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2015-05-11 12:18:12 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Stop the presses!  Neuroscientists have just discovered the Nyquist Sampling Theorem!

cc: +Lauren Weinstein 

Stop the presses!  Neuroscientists have just discovered the Nyquist Sampling Theorem!

cc: +Lauren Weinstein ___

2015-04-21 23:58:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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 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.___

2015-04-18 12:57:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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.

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.___

2015-03-28 22:07:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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.

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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2015-03-22 13:08:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+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 EnrollmentMa... more »

+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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2015-03-18 15:24:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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.

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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2015-03-17 10:04:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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... more »

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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2015-03-15 15:45:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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.

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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2015-03-13 14:54:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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.

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.___

2015-03-11 01:20:20 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Adventures in Escalation

A while back, I was given a hand-me-down iPad Mini as a thank-you gift for doing some pro-bono technical work for a cash-strapped professional colleague.

This iPad Mini has WiFi, GPS, and Cellular capability. However, I don't own a cell phone, so I don't have any cell phone service in my name. That meant I could only use the wireless features when I was in range of a convenient WiFi base station. In particular, one needs cell service to use GPS so that street maps can be downloaded on demand.

While I don't have a cell phone, my brother does, and it occurred to me it might be reasonable for him to add my iPad Mini to his existing Verizon cell phone account (just $10/mo) so that my device could be used in emergencies on the infrequent occasions when I'm away from home.

So my brother instructed his Verizon service rep... more »

Adventures in Escalation

A while back, I was given a hand-me-down iPad Mini as a thank-you gift for doing some pro-bono technical work for a cash-strapped professional colleague.

This iPad Mini has WiFi, GPS, and Cellular capability. However, I don't own a cell phone, so I don't have any cell phone service in my name. That meant I could only use the wireless features when I was in range of a convenient WiFi base station. In particular, one needs cell service to use GPS so that street maps can be downloaded on demand.

While I don't have a cell phone, my brother does, and it occurred to me it might be reasonable for him to add my iPad Mini to his existing Verizon cell phone account (just $10/mo) so that my device could be used in emergencies on the infrequent occasions when I'm away from home.

So my brother instructed his Verizon service rep to put my device on his account. I sent along the requisite mobile device ID numbers and Verizon SIM card number.

But lo! The Verizon service rep said my iPad Mini couldn't be entered into their system. Verizon was rejecting my device ID. But it wasn't just my own device. The Verizon service rep said this had happened a number of times with other customers with similar Apple devices.

So I said I would research the issue to learn what was going on.

Thus begins my adventure.

Over the course of a week, so far, I've spent about four hours with no fewer than seven people in three states trying to diagnose the glitch, which seems to have pretty much everyone vexed, perplexed, frustrated, and mystified.

We now have at least three plausible hypotheses in the air, with none of them conclusively ruled out.

Today, I spoke on the phone with no fewer than three high-level executives at Verizon Wireless Regional Headquarters for New England. They are committed to solving this problem, but I fear it may turn out to be a major undertaking involving the negotiation of inter-carrier inter-operation agreements between AT&T and Verizon.

It seems there are subtle and obscure technical reasons why mobile devices may not be compatible with the cell tower equipment of all domestic carriers. Some Apple iPad models evidently have transceiver chips that only work with some carriers and not others. So an iPad Mini that was built with a transceiver chip for AT&T won't work compatibly with Verizon, and vice versa.

If that's the problem, then the only realistic solution would be for AT&T and Verizon to negotiate an inter-carrier inter-operation agreement allowing devices to traverse a competitor's network so that a customer can use a device that was originally built for a different carrier's network. This is like praying for an Act of God.

We pray for Acts of God to reverse the hellish situations caused by the Other Guy. In this case the Other Guy is none other than the US Department of Justice.

Forty years ago, there was one high-functioning telephone network known as the Bell System, in which everything was carefully and conscientiously designed to work compatibly with everything else in the network. The Bell System was the highest functioning high-technology system ever conceived, designed, and engineered on the face of the planet.

As a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Network Planning Division of AT&T Bell Labs, I took pride in my role of Systems Engineering to ensure that, as the network gracefully and systematically evolved with the measured introduction of new technology, everything continued to interoperate flawlessly from end to end across the entire telecommunications network. That was the driving philosophy of Systems Engineering.

And then came the US Department of Justice who declared that a high-functioning, highly integrated communication system where everything worked compatibly with everything else was against the law! A high-functioning, highly integrated system, declared the DoJ, was an Illegal Monopoly. And they mandated the breakup of the Bell System, to be replaced by fierce competition between non-cooperating organizations who were instructed not to collaborate or collude to preserve the legendary unity of the integrated Bell System.

So here we are today, with multiple incompatible technologies, such that Apple evidently had to build two versions of the iPad Mini, one that only talks to AT&T Cell Towers, and another that only talks to Verizon Cell Towers, each talking a different "language" from the other.

Way to go, US DoJ, you fulfilled our dire prediction of 30 years ago that breaking up the Bell System was the dumbest idea the US Government ever came up with since Prohibition and before being trumped by the idiotic decision to invade Iraq in search of non-existent WMDs.

And the irony, of course, is that the US Government is itself a monopoly. But it's not exactly a high-functioning monopoly like the Bell System. Nope. Our US Government is an idiotic dysfunctional monopoly that can't seem to think its way clear to do much of anything right.___

2015-03-05 14:51:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Politics is an anti-social drama in which frightened, insecure, and ill-informed characters exchange threatening, confusing, and misleading messages with each other.

And so, politics has increasingly become a puerile (and perilous) playground for ornery, ruthless, foolish, ill-informed, and immature adults.

And yes, that amounts to a socio-cultural pathology.

Politics is an anti-social drama in which frightened, insecure, and ill-informed characters exchange threatening, confusing, and misleading messages with each other.

And so, politics has increasingly become a puerile (and perilous) playground for ornery, ruthless, foolish, ill-informed, and immature adults.

And yes, that amounts to a socio-cultural pathology.___

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2015-02-25 02:05:20 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Worrier, Warrior, or Thinker?

I define "worrying" as an emotional form of information processing which fails to reduce the entropy or uncertainty of a knowledge base, fails to generate solutions to outstanding problems, or fails to conceive goal-oriented courses of action.

Conversely, I define "thinking" as a rational form of information processing which reduces the entropy or uncertainty of a knowledge base, generates solutions to outstanding problems, and conceives goal-oriented courses of action.

See The Calculus of Ideas.

Worrier, Warrior, or Thinker?

I define "worrying" as an emotional form of information processing which fails to reduce the entropy or uncertainty of a knowledge base, fails to generate solutions to outstanding problems, or fails to conceive goal-oriented courses of action.

Conversely, I define "thinking" as a rational form of information processing which reduces the entropy or uncertainty of a knowledge base, generates solutions to outstanding problems, and conceives goal-oriented courses of action.

See The Calculus of Ideas.___

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2015-02-17 11:04:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Our Place In the Cosmos and the Role of STEM in the Advance of Civilization

The Democratic Age is Stage 3 of the (extended) Viconian Model. 

The Viconian cycle consists of multiple recurring phases:

(1) The Theocratic or Divine Age, represented in primitive society by the family life of the cave, to which the thunderous voice of God has driven mankind;

(2) The Aristocratic or Heroic Age, characterized by incessant conflict between the ruling patricians and their subject plebeians;

(3) The Democratic Age, in which rank and privilege have finally been eradicated by the revolutions of the preceding age.

Currently, we are ensnared in the Fourth Age, as anticipated by Vico, and as explicated by any number of modern sources:

(4) The Chaotic Age, characterized by the bewildering collapse of democratic... more »

Our Place In the Cosmos and the Role of STEM in the Advance of Civilization

The Democratic Age is Stage 3 of the (extended) Viconian Model. 

The Viconian cycle consists of multiple recurring phases:

(1) The Theocratic or Divine Age, represented in primitive society by the family life of the cave, to which the thunderous voice of God has driven mankind;

(2) The Aristocratic or Heroic Age, characterized by incessant conflict between the ruling patricians and their subject plebeians;

(3) The Democratic Age, in which rank and privilege have finally been eradicated by the revolutions of the preceding age.

Currently, we are ensnared in the Fourth Age, as anticipated by Vico, and as explicated by any number of modern sources:

(4) The Chaotic Age, characterized by the bewildering collapse of democratic society, which is inherently dysfunctional and therefore riddled with a panoply of hellish and baffleplexing problems: conflict, violence, oppression, injustice corruption, poverty, ignorance, alienation, abuse, despair, suffering, and terrorism.

The resolution of this nightmare age of unrelenting chaos is to evolve to the Fifth Age where we master the art of taming the ill-mannered recursion laws that define and characterize the Chaotic Age:

(5) The Cybernetic Age, in which the otherwise mind-boggling math of recursive loops is tamed and tuned to gracefully converge to the long-dreamed of Omega Point.

More details here:  http://TinyURL.Com/Advance-of-Civilization___

2015-01-27 21:07:32 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I expect Deflategate will turn into a Comic Opera in the style of Mozart.

The villain, of course, will turn out to be Deflater Mouse.

I expect Deflategate will turn into a Comic Opera in the style of Mozart.

The villain, of course, will turn out to be Deflater Mouse.___

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2015-01-15 14:24:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Spirit of Becoming

The proper name of the God of Moses is יהוה which means "Becoming."

That is to say, the Name of the God of Moses is nominally equivalent to an abstraction that, in English, would be "The Process of Becoming" (or just Becoming, for short).

What is 'Divine' in living systems is Becoming (e.g. the phenomenon of growth, transformation, and maturation).

I reckon it's unbecoming not to believe in Becoming. 

The Process of Becoming is Awesome.

Let me elaborate ...

As a scientist, researcher, educator, and sentient being, I am fascinated by the following processes, which I seek to understand and participate in:

1. The Process of Creation in the Cosmos

2. The Process of Evolution in the Biosphere

3. The Process of Enlightenment in theNoös... more »

The Spirit of Becoming

The proper name of the God of Moses is יהוה which means "Becoming."

That is to say, the Name of the God of Moses is nominally equivalent to an abstraction that, in English, would be "The Process of Becoming" (or just Becoming, for short).

What is 'Divine' in living systems is Becoming (e.g. the phenomenon of growth, transformation, and maturation).

I reckon it's unbecoming not to believe in Becoming. 

The Process of Becoming is Awesome.

Let me elaborate ...

As a scientist, researcher, educator, and sentient being, I am fascinated by the following processes, which I seek to understand and participate in:

1. The Process of Creation in the Cosmos

2. The Process of Evolution in the Biosphere

3. The Process of Enlightenment in the Noösphere

4. The Discovery Learning Process in the Brain and Mind

5. The Creative Process in the Arts

6. The Problem-Solving Process in Engineering

7. The Peace Process in Human Culture

8. The Nurturing Process in Relationships.

9. The Healing Process in the Human Spirit

10. The Process of Falling in Love with Life and People

I subsume all of the above under one umbrella term, "The Process of Becoming" (or just "Becoming" for short).

To my mind, it is unbecoming not to believe in Becoming.

Discovering, experiencing, understanding, and participating in these (and similar) processes not only makes me feel alive and engaged with life, it makes me feel connected to God, Orenda, or whatever you like to call your Higher Spirit.

I like to call it the 'Spirit of Becoming'.

http://foofy.musenet.info/~bkort/God.Is.A.Concept.html___

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2015-01-15 07:28:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The current issue of New Yorker Magazine has a feature length article on the story of +Affectiva, the commercial start-up founded by my MIT Media Lab colleagues, +Rosalind Picard and +Rana El Kaliouby.

Affectiva is concentrating on commercial applications of Affective Computing based on Rana's post-doc research in the Affective Computing Research Group in recognizing facial expressions and mapping them into identifiable emotions.

The current issue of New Yorker Magazine has a feature length article on the story of +Affectiva, the commercial start-up founded by my MIT Media Lab colleagues, +Rosalind Picard and +Rana El Kaliouby.

Affectiva is concentrating on commercial applications of Affective Computing based on Rana's post-doc research in the Affective Computing Research Group in recognizing facial expressions and mapping them into identifiable emotions.___

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2015-01-13 16:28:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 


Gregory Bateson, Pioneer of Systems Thinking

Nora Bateson has uploaded an authorized version of her homage to her father, Gregory Bateson, at Vimeo. The 60-minute documentary is entitled, "An Ecology Of Mind - A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson" and is directed by Nora.

Note that this is not a free video on Vimeo. To view it, you must log into Vimeo (registration is free) and select one of two viewing options: 24-hr rental or purchase, at $5 and $10, respectively.


Gregory Bateson, Pioneer of Systems Thinking

Nora Bateson has uploaded an authorized version of her homage to her father, Gregory Bateson, at Vimeo. The 60-minute documentary is entitled, "An Ecology Of Mind - A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson" and is directed by Nora.

Note that this is not a free video on Vimeo. To view it, you must log into Vimeo (registration is free) and select one of two viewing options: 24-hr rental or purchase, at $5 and $10, respectively.___

2015-01-02 16:52:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Thought for the day:

If you're gonna go through life being hopelessly self-deluded, you oughta at least be honest enough to candidly admit it.

Thought for the day:

If you're gonna go through life being hopelessly self-deluded, you oughta at least be honest enough to candidly admit it.___

2014-12-24 11:20:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Gregory Bateson, Pioneer of Systems Thinking

Nora Bateson has uploaded an authorized version of her homage to her father, Gregory Bateson, at Vimeo. The 60-minute documentary is entitled, "An Ecology Of Mind - A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson" and is directed by Nora.

Note that this is not a free video on Vimeo. To view it, you must log into Vimeo (registration is free) and select one of two viewing options: 24-hr rental or purchase, at $5 and $10, respectively.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bateson/116614772

Gregory Bateson, Pioneer of Systems Thinking

Nora Bateson has uploaded an authorized version of her homage to her father, Gregory Bateson, at Vimeo. The 60-minute documentary is entitled, "An Ecology Of Mind - A Daughter's portrait of Gregory Bateson" and is directed by Nora.

Note that this is not a free video on Vimeo. To view it, you must log into Vimeo (registration is free) and select one of two viewing options: 24-hr rental or purchase, at $5 and $10, respectively.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bateson/116614772___

2014-12-24 11:18:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here, from the Way Back Machine, is a PBS Education Resource on the nine kinds of intelligence in Howard Gardner's catalog of Multiple Intelligences.

Here, from the Way Back Machine, is a PBS Education Resource on the nine kinds of intelligence in Howard Gardner's catalog of Multiple Intelligences.___

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2014-12-22 12:21:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Good and Evil

The police are increasingly falling out of favor and alienating themselves from the general public because career professionals in law enforcement increasingly manifest and reveal the evil side of the rule of law: corrupt, dysfunctional, abusive, oppressive, unjust, unkind, chaotic, bullying, and violent.

Consider these classic recipes for Good and Evil:

Good = Love + Compassion + Mindfulness + Mercy + Healing

Evil = Fear + Antipathy + Ignorance + Power + Harmfulness

If you want to diagnose and attenuate Evil, diagnose and eschew the elements of Evil.

If you want to craft Good, discover and manifest the elements of Good.

Good and Evil

The police are increasingly falling out of favor and alienating themselves from the general public because career professionals in law enforcement increasingly manifest and reveal the evil side of the rule of law: corrupt, dysfunctional, abusive, oppressive, unjust, unkind, chaotic, bullying, and violent.

Consider these classic recipes for Good and Evil:

Good = Love + Compassion + Mindfulness + Mercy + Healing

Evil = Fear + Antipathy + Ignorance + Power + Harmfulness

If you want to diagnose and attenuate Evil, diagnose and eschew the elements of Evil.

If you want to craft Good, discover and manifest the elements of Good.___

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2014-12-21 12:10:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

21st Century Operating Systems

To my mind, our society's cultural models have not evolved in a particularly intelligent manner. We still employ idiotic cultural practices that humankind mindlessly adopted some 4000 years ago. Much to my chagrin, we seem utterly incapable of diagnosing and upgrading those anachronistic and dysfunctional cultural practices to arrive at 21st Century operating systems for human society.

Our profoundly dysfunctional cultural models and practices have generated so much stress that DSM-5 is a catalog (shipping weight 3.4 lbs) of the myriad non-criminal maladaptive ways that humans maladjust, while the criminal code catalogs all the remaining intolerable maladaptive responses. And then, where governments cannot agree, we have stress-inducing political conflicts and bloody war.

We have 250 generations of Homo Schleppians who have been... more »

21st Century Operating Systems

To my mind, our society's cultural models have not evolved in a particularly intelligent manner. We still employ idiotic cultural practices that humankind mindlessly adopted some 4000 years ago. Much to my chagrin, we seem utterly incapable of diagnosing and upgrading those anachronistic and dysfunctional cultural practices to arrive at 21st Century operating systems for human society.

Our profoundly dysfunctional cultural models and practices have generated so much stress that DSM-5 is a catalog (shipping weight 3.4 lbs) of the myriad non-criminal maladaptive ways that humans maladjust, while the criminal code catalogs all the remaining intolerable maladaptive responses. And then, where governments cannot agree, we have stress-inducing political conflicts and bloody war.

We have 250 generations of Homo Schleppians who have been maladapting over the past 5000 years to an increasingly dysfunctional, erratic, and chaotic cultural model.

Isn't it about time we woke up and upgraded Western Civilization to a 21st Century high-functioning model?___

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2014-12-19 07:57:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Give Us This Day Our Daily Rage

Slate has tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014.

Can it be that Systemic Injustice and Systemic Abuse are more salient now than at any other time in our occasionally placid lives?

My takeaway from the Salon article is that our fickle social networking culture is experiencing an epidemic of mimetic outrage.

We are like scouts sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and telling stories of personal outrage, each scout in turn trying to one-up the last storyteller in terms of recounting some horrifying, disgusting, and outrageous episode of injustice or abuse for which we have become hopelessly and irredeemably scarred for life.

The scouts don't even need a campfire to toast their marshmallows. We have collectively concocted a sufficient conflagration of outrage to toast our... more »

Give Us This Day Our Daily Rage

Slate has tracked what everyone was outraged about every day in 2014.

Can it be that Systemic Injustice and Systemic Abuse are more salient now than at any other time in our occasionally placid lives?

My takeaway from the Salon article is that our fickle social networking culture is experiencing an epidemic of mimetic outrage.

We are like scouts sitting around the campfire, toasting marshmallows, and telling stories of personal outrage, each scout in turn trying to one-up the last storyteller in terms of recounting some horrifying, disgusting, and outrageous episode of injustice or abuse for which we have become hopelessly and irredeemably scarred for life.

The scouts don't even need a campfire to toast their marshmallows. We have collectively concocted a sufficient conflagration of outrage to toast our personal marshmallows to a deliciously crusty burnt umbrage.___

2014-12-15 15:52:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Now here's a thought.

If Schrödinger's Cat had been wearing an +Empatica Embrace wristband around its neck, what would that have done to Schrödinger's Gedanken Experiment?

I reckon it would have saved two generations of students from being confused by the ill-considered interpretations of the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics.

Now here's a thought.

If Schrödinger's Cat had been wearing an +Empatica Embrace wristband around its neck, what would that have done to Schrödinger's Gedanken Experiment?

I reckon it would have saved two generations of students from being confused by the ill-considered interpretations of the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics.___

2014-12-15 02:19:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Politics is an anti-social drama in which frightened, insecure, and ill-informed characters exchange threatening, confusing, and misleading messages with each other.

Politics is an anti-social drama in which frightened, insecure, and ill-informed characters exchange threatening, confusing, and misleading messages with each other.___

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2014-12-10 14:23:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This week's edition of the BBC World Service Radio Program, "Click," includes a segment (beginning at 16:15 into the 35-minute podcast) on the new Embrace Seizure Alert Wristband from +Empatica.  The segment includes an interview with my colleague from the MIT Media Lab, +Rosalind Picard.

Find this week's Click episode (entitled, "Typhoon Hagupit / OSM; Logan Symposium; Seizure Wristband; Robot World") here:

This week's edition of the BBC World Service Radio Program, "Click," includes a segment (beginning at 16:15 into the 35-minute podcast) on the new Embrace Seizure Alert Wristband from +Empatica.  The segment includes an interview with my colleague from the MIT Media Lab, +Rosalind Picard.

Find this week's Click episode (entitled, "Typhoon Hagupit / OSM; Logan Symposium; Seizure Wristband; Robot World") here:___

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2014-12-08 16:00:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Vi Hart, who calls herself a Mathemusician, is a National Treasure.

Here, she offers a remarkable playable model of "Shapism" based on the Nobel Prize winning work of Thomas Schelling.

Vi Hart, who calls herself a Mathemusician, is a National Treasure.

Here, she offers a remarkable playable model of "Shapism" based on the Nobel Prize winning work of Thomas Schelling.___

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2014-11-30 22:32:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Empatica continues to garner positive press for their product launch of the innovative Embrace medical sensor.

Empatica continues to garner positive press for their product launch of the innovative Embrace medical sensor.___

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2014-11-30 11:53:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?

Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?___

2014-11-28 11:09:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Shreklisch Drama (Abridged Version from RimShot Publications)

Protagonist: You're toxic.

Antagonist: No, you're toxic!

Protagonist: You say I'm a poison? I say you're a poison!

Antagonist: Harrumph.

Protagonist: I'm a poison, you're a poison ...

Antagonist: This must be a poison-to-poison call.

Shreklisch Drama (Abridged Version from RimShot Publications)

Protagonist: You're toxic.

Antagonist: No, you're toxic!

Protagonist: You say I'm a poison? I say you're a poison!

Antagonist: Harrumph.

Protagonist: I'm a poison, you're a poison ...

Antagonist: This must be a poison-to-poison call.___

2014-11-24 11:00:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Our nation's politicians range from misguided and pathetic buffoons at best to despicable malefactors at worst.

Our nation's politicians range from misguided and pathetic buffoons at best to despicable malefactors at worst.___

2014-11-21 18:03:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Sometimes you have a gut feeling that all is not well in our society. But what can one person do? Not much. Not much individually, that is. But together we can purge the system of the rot of social detritus." ~Irving Mazloh-Freen, Founder, American Visceral Society

"Sometimes you have a gut feeling that all is not well in our society. But what can one person do? Not much. Not much individually, that is. But together we can purge the system of the rot of social detritus." ~Irving Mazloh-Freen, Founder, American Visceral Society___

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2014-11-21 00:58:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, +Rosalind Picard, and to her new startup, Empatica, for bringing this innovative medical sensor to market.

Embrace, developed in part by MIT Media Lab’s Rosalind Picard, is a revolutionary technology designed to bring a better lifestyle to people that live with Epilepsy and anyone trying to live a more balanced life. The smartwatch can measure stress, epileptic seizures, activity, and sleep.___Congratulations to my friend and colleague, +Rosalind Picard, and to her new startup, Empatica, for bringing this innovative medical sensor to market.

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2014-11-20 20:11:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

My colleagues at the MIT Media Lab report an astounding success at crowdfunding the Embrace medical sensor from their startup, Empatica.

We couldn't be more grateful and proud to reach our #indiegogo   #crowdfunding  target after just 1 day! Without our fans and supporters, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible. So, from all of us here at Empatica, we TRULY THANK YOU for your help, kindness and encouragement! NOW, LET'S GO FOR SETTING A RECORD, TOGETHER! http://bit.ly/EmbraceIG Please continue to help us spread the word of the #EmbraceWatch  and pay-it-forward for those living with chronic diseases, like epilepsy. #payitforward   #poweringroups   #makingadifference   #Empatica   #epilepsy   #epilepsyfoundation  ___My colleagues at the MIT Media Lab report an astounding success at crowdfunding the Embrace medical sensor from their startup, Empatica.

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2014-11-19 12:14:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Colleagues of mine at the MIT Media Lab are the brains behind this innovative technology.

It's finally here! Empatica has just launched an #Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to develop its first ever consumer offering! Please help support the #EmbraceWatch by donating and sharing the great news! http://bit.ly/EmbraceIG___Colleagues of mine at the MIT Media Lab are the brains behind this innovative technology.

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2014-11-19 10:53:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hat tip to Ankur Dhar for this item, spelling out the elements of professional ethics in science discourse.

Hat tip to Ankur Dhar for this item, spelling out the elements of professional ethics in science discourse.___

2014-11-18 23:46:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

San Francisco criminal lawyer, Dan Purcell, explains why Aaron Swartz was not a criminal.

San Francisco criminal lawyer, Dan Purcell, explains why Aaron Swartz was not a criminal.___

2014-11-18 13:21:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Way back in 1932, D. B. Steinman published this amusing parable about the mindset of engineers.

The Engineer - A Parable By D. B. Steinman, President, National Council State Boards of Engineering Examiners and President, New York State Society of Professional Engineers

One day three men, a Lawyer, a Doctor, and an Engineer, appeared before St. Peter as he stood guarding the Pearly Gates.

The first man to step forward was the Lawyer. With confidence and assurance, he proceeded to deliver an eloquent address which left St. Peter dazed and bewildered. Before the venerable Saint could recover, the Lawyer quickly handed him a writ of mandamus, pushed him aside, and strode through the open Portals.

Next came the Doctor. With impressive, dignified bearing, he introduced himself: "I am Dr. Brown." 

St. Peter received him cordially. "I... more »

Way back in 1932, D. B. Steinman published this amusing parable about the mindset of engineers.

The Engineer - A Parable By D. B. Steinman, President, National Council State Boards of Engineering Examiners and President, New York State Society of Professional Engineers

One day three men, a Lawyer, a Doctor, and an Engineer, appeared before St. Peter as he stood guarding the Pearly Gates.

The first man to step forward was the Lawyer. With confidence and assurance, he proceeded to deliver an eloquent address which left St. Peter dazed and bewildered. Before the venerable Saint could recover, the Lawyer quickly handed him a writ of mandamus, pushed him aside, and strode through the open Portals.

Next came the Doctor. With impressive, dignified bearing, he introduced himself: "I am Dr. Brown." 

St. Peter received him cordially. "I feel I know you, Dr. Brown. Many who preceded you said you sent them here. Welcome to our City!"

The Engineer, modest and diffident, had been standing in the background. He now stepped forward. "I am looking for a job," he said. 

St. Peter wearily shook his head. "I am sorry," he replied; "we have no work for you. If you want a job, you can go to Hell." 

This response sounded familiar to the Engineer, and made him feel more at home. 

"Very well," he said, "I have had Hell all my life and I guess I can stand it better than the others." 

St. Peter was puzzled. "Look here, young man, what are you?" 

"I am an Engineer," was the reply. 

"Oh yes," said St. Peter, "Do you belong to the Locomotive Brotherhood?" 

"No, I am sorry," the Engineer responded apologetically, "I am a different kind of Engineer." 

"I do not understand," said St. Peter, "what on Earth do you do?" 

The Engineer recalled a definition and calmly replied: "I apply mathematical principles to the control of natural forces." 

This sounded meaningless to St. Peter, and his temper got the best of him. "Young man," he said, "you can go to Hell with your mathematical principles and try your hand on some of the natural forces there!" 

"That suits me," responded the Engineer, "I am always glad to go where there is a tough job to tackle." Whereupon he departed for the Nether Regions.

And it came to pass that strange reports began to reach St. Peter. The Celestial denizens, who had amused themselves in the past by looking down upon the less fortunate creatures in the Inferno, commenced asking for transfers to that other domain. The sounds of agony and suffering were stilled. Many new arrivals after seeing both places, selected the Nether Region for their permanent abode. Puzzled, St. Peter sent messengers to visit Hell and to report back to him. They returned, all excited, and reported to St. Peter:

"That Engineer you sent down there," said the messengers, "has completely transformed the place so you would not know it now. He has harnessed the Fiery Furnaces for light and power. He has cooled the entire place with artificial refrigeration. He has drained the Lakes of Brimstone and has filled the air with cool perfumed breezes. He has flung bridges across the Bottomless Abyss and has bored tunnels through the Obsidian Cliffs. He has created paved streets, gardens, parks and playgrounds, lakes, rivers, and beautiful waterfalls. That Engineer you sent down there has gone through, Hell and has made of it a realm of happiness, peace, and industry!"___

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2014-11-17 12:56:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

American scientists have located a virus that attacks human DNA, which may cause those infected to be less intelligent, impairing brain activity, learning and memory.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska have identified traces of an algal virus, known as ATCV-1, in throat swabs drawn from healthy volunteers which appeared to lessen their mental capacity.

American scientists have located a virus that attacks human DNA, which may cause those infected to be less intelligent, impairing brain activity, learning and memory.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska have identified traces of an algal virus, known as ATCV-1, in throat swabs drawn from healthy volunteers which appeared to lessen their mental capacity.___

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2014-11-17 00:20:51 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Precision time-keeping varies noticeably from one location to the next, even for nearby locations just a few centimeters apart.

Does that observation have any significant implications?

It occurs to me that the notion that precision timekeeping varies from one location to the next (even for locations only a few centimeters apart) has significant implications for one of the most puzzling and controversial results in Quantum Mechanics.

Fifty years ago, John Bell published a result, known as Bell's Theorem, that contradicts the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) prediction for a pair of twin particles sharing a common quantum state and moving apart in opposite directions. While the mathematics of Bell's Theorem may be challenging for the layperson to understand, Bell's key assumption is not: Bell's Theorem... more »

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Precision time-keeping varies noticeably from one location to the next, even for nearby locations just a few centimeters apart.

Does that observation have any significant implications?

It occurs to me that the notion that precision timekeeping varies from one location to the next (even for locations only a few centimeters apart) has significant implications for one of the most puzzling and controversial results in Quantum Mechanics.

Fifty years ago, John Bell published a result, known as Bell's Theorem, that contradicts the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) prediction for a pair of twin particles sharing a common quantum state and moving apart in opposite directions. While the mathematics of Bell's Theorem may be challenging for the layperson to understand, Bell's key assumption is not: Bell's Theorem assumes the twin particles share a "common time." Other researchers have considered imaginable departures from the crucial assumption of common time.

Infinitesimal perturbations in the local gravitational field destroy Bell's crucial assumption of "common time." Moreover, quantum fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime at the Planck scale would similarly destroy the key assumption of common time for twin particles moving apart, along different paths in space.

It occurs to me that one can review Alain Aspect's experiment in view of the observation that "common time" is not a realistic assumption — either because of infinitesimal fluctuations in the local gravitational field strength or because of inherent quantum fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime, as suggested by String Theory and/or M-Theory.___

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2014-11-08 21:21:19 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A Necessary Rebellion

Here is a 20-minute talk by Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab.

At Poptech last month, Media Lab Director Joi Ito talked about "necessary rebellion." Now available to watch online: http://t.co/RjmfervkEx___A Necessary Rebellion

Here is a 20-minute talk by Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab.

2014-11-08 15:18:54 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also... more »

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also applies the other way around. I reckon my correspondents routinely overestimate the degree to which I accurately apprehend what they're talking, writing, or thinking about.

Is there a word in the English language to name this kind of small, but systematic, misconception and corresponding miscalculation in reckoning the quality or reliability of one's pattern of communication that adds up to a lifetime of diverging perspectives?___

2014-11-08 15:17:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also... more »

From time to time in a major media interview, a journalist will ask, "What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?"

It's an intriguing question to ask, even if it's unlikely the person being interviewed will respond forthrightly with an honest answer.

But it occurs to me a more useful question to ask is "What is the most significant small systematic mistake that you continue to make, day after day, without realizing how all those recurring systematic mistakes add up to a large cumulative effect over a lifetime?"

I've been thinking about that, and I have a candidate to disclose.

I suspect that one of the most significant systematic mistakes I make on a routine daily basis is overestimating the degree to which my correspondents understand what I'm talking, writing, or thinking about.

And I reckon it also applies the other way around. I reckon my correspondents routinely overestimate the degree to which I accurately apprehend what they're talking, writing, or thinking about.

Is there a word in the English language to name this kind of small, but systematic, misconception and corresponding miscalculation in reckoning the quality or reliability of one's pattern of communication that adds up to a lifetime of diverging perspectives?___

2014-11-06 12:31:25 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Quantum Pretzels should be as unentangled as possible, but not so unentangled that they are no longer genuine pretzels.

Quantum Pretzels should be as unentangled as possible, but not so unentangled that they are no longer genuine pretzels.___

2014-11-02 18:01:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's really hard to do complex mathematics in E-Mail and on Disqus threads.

It's really hard to do complex mathematics in E-Mail and on Disqus threads.___

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2014-10-31 13:49:07 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here is a "Feelings Wheel" providing vocabulary terms for labeling one's affective emotional state.

Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel

Here is a "Feelings Wheel" providing vocabulary terms for labeling one's affective emotional state.

Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel___

2014-10-31 13:26:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Process of Enlightenment Works In Mysterious Plays.

The Process of Enlightenment Works In Mysterious Plays.___

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2014-10-29 14:50:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

NPR begins a new education series, beginning with Socrates, one of the greatest teachers of all time.

I've been teaching this way (by the Socratic Method) forever, beginning with my own brother when we were both in grammar school. I began using it in earnest in high school and college, especially when I was tutoring math and science.

What I have found is that individuals who are eager to learn, and who like to figure things out for themselves, love this method. Conversely, individuals who are resistant to learning or who do not want to figure things out for themselves are allergic to this method and sometimes respond in a hostile, unresponsive, or antagonistic manner. I have some curious examples of the latter, a few of which remain as obscure archives on the public Internet.

NPR begins a new education series, beginning with Socrates, one of the greatest teachers of all time.

I've been teaching this way (by the Socratic Method) forever, beginning with my own brother when we were both in grammar school. I began using it in earnest in high school and college, especially when I was tutoring math and science.

What I have found is that individuals who are eager to learn, and who like to figure things out for themselves, love this method. Conversely, individuals who are resistant to learning or who do not want to figure things out for themselves are allergic to this method and sometimes respond in a hostile, unresponsive, or antagonistic manner. I have some curious examples of the latter, a few of which remain as obscure archives on the public Internet.___

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