The Late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Comments on the Mac and My Research to Purchase It

Because so many people have complained that the late 2016 MacBook Pro does not support legacy interfaces (except for the 3.5 mm microphone jack), I thought I should write a blog post to give you my impression of this new notebook, which is on the whole quite positive.

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Easy on The Inference Trigger, Dear Voting Reader

WARNING! Don’t like or comment on this Rationally Speaking podcast episode unless you’ve listened to it, or read the transcript or the book — and given it some thought; otherwise, it might count as evidence that you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Continue reading Easy on The Inference Trigger, Dear Voting Reader

Perturbance: Understanding Why Robots Will Have High-Order Emotions Matters to Psychology

Yesterday, Drs. Sylwia Hyniewska, Eva Hudlicka and I submitted a paper for the AISB-2017 Symposium on Computational Modelling of Emotion: Theory and Applications. The title of our paper is “Perturbance: Unifying research on emotion, intrusive mentation and other psychological phenomena with AI”. Continue reading Perturbance: Understanding Why Robots Will Have High-Order Emotions Matters to Psychology

Challenge and Workshop in 12th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2017)

The name, CogZest, is a blend of “Cognition” and “Zest”, where “Zest” representing affect. Here, we believe that deep learning is not merely a matter of acquiring dry knowledge. It also means learning to perceive and act upon value in a well informed manner. As such, at CogZest we also read, research and publish about affect.

If you are particularly interested in emotion, we encourage you to consider attending the following challenges and workshops organized by Dr. Sylwia Hyniewska, an expert in affective science in general and perception of emotions from faces in particular. Continue reading Challenge and Workshop in 12th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2017)

How to Quickly Access Your Pinboard Bookmarks Using LaunchBar, TextExpander and Related Apps

You can use launchers and/or text expansion apps to quickly access Pinboard bookmarks (and Pocket bookmarks, for that matter). This post shows you how. Continue reading How to Quickly Access Your Pinboard Bookmarks Using LaunchBar, TextExpander and Related Apps

The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff by Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker

Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker have just published, The Science of Managing our Digital Stuff, that will be of interest to many of our readers. This landmark book deals with some of the core information processing problems specified in Cognitive Productivity.

Cambridge University Press Pulled its RSS Feeds — Bloggers and Publishers, Please Help Your Readers

Have you ever wondered why many publishers of scientific information don’t provide RSS feeds? I know I have. Continue reading Cambridge University Press Pulled its RSS Feeds — Bloggers and Publishers, Please Help Your Readers