Psychotherapy East and West

The titular book by Alan Watts is best in small, digestible pieces. It's a good read and goes well with exploring the role of culture in "self help." The exegesis of Buddhism as "loyal opposition" to the cultural norms was thought-provoking, to say the least!

Alexa, What is Your Deal?

Today is "Prime Day" over at

But instead of the slogan "Alexa, what are your deals?" I'll try the title of this article.

After I get a little Echo Dot (sooooo cuuuuuute)!

Episode 9: Robots Can't Feel What I Feel

Physiological responses aren't necessary to understand complex emotions like regret.
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Episode 8: Robots Have Feelings, too

A simple Orthographic Model of Emotions can be descriptive and predictive!
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Celebrate the Father of Computer Science

Picture of Alan Turing

Alan Turing was born on this date, June 23. As heartbreaking as his personal story can be, his work is fundamental to understanding the intersection of math and intelligence.

As intelligence takes on so many connotations when studied, so does Alan's work and his life.

I hope that emotional intelligence will be a hallmark to computer development. It would be a fitting extension to what has happened and how to make effective change.

Episode 7: Robots Have Feelings

Programming feelings can start with a simple model.
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Teaching robots how to lie?

Screen capture of representation of AI negotiations based on human interactions.

A new AI built by Facebook (who would've known) has learned to lie. Who would've—wait.

Episode 6: Review

Review of Self Help for Robots, the podcast
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Research on Affective Computing

A draft figure by Stacy Marsella, Jonathan Gratch, Paolo Petta

There will be reading (and maybe a quiz)!

Hal 9000, meet Apple HomePod

The similarities are—I hope—superficial, but Hal 9000 and Apple's new HomePod, well, do look a little similar.


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