The New Normal

Mirror selfie of the author wearing a hand-sewn mask

I don't think we will ever go back to the way things were. Not that I'm complaining, as I'm grateful to be alive!

And one of the new things that will be normal will be machine processing of feelings. I'm confident about that.

I've recorded a new podcast based on the recent results of my work. I've confirmed that the biases of the Orthogonal Model of Emotions are reflected in the results: even the errors! Also, I've added neutrality as a concept to make the model far more sophisticated, but still the same processor of emotions.

By the way, what are emotions, anyway? Here's my take:

Emotions are the context needed to resolve energy and motion (e-motion) into motivated effort.

I've just learned that IBM will be adding more sophisticated emotional modeling, as part of their COVID-19 response at

I learned that via Slashdot at where it mentions the new efforts. If based on the questionnaire I've seen in use as part of the self-evaluation for counseling, it could be an important tool for triage.

In related news, I have my first "official" AI task as a contractor! And in addition, I've met a mentor/partner-in-crime who has volunteered in the past, and may even be a collaborator in the future? We'll seeā€¦

I'm not as confident about my chances in the pandemic. Stay safe at home, and wash your hands!