Modern Turing Testing and The Role of Emotions is Detecting Human-ness Over Machine-ness

1021165_facial_codingAffectiva is a software company that has developed a product named AFFDEX® which delivers real-time insight into unspoken, spontaneous reactions to advertisements, concepts, and other media content. Using advanced facial analysis, Affdex scientifically measures emotional responses unobtrusively, cost effectively, and at scale. Facial coding….more

The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent smartcomputerbehavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. In the original illustrative example, a human judge engages in natural language conversations with a human and a machine designed to generate performance indistinguishable from that of a human being. The android-talking-to-human-oneconversation is limited to a text-only channel such as a computer keyboard and screen so that the result is not dependent on the machine’s ability to render words into audio. All participants are separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. The test does not check the ability to give the correct answer to questions; it checks how closely each answer resembles the answer a human would give.

The test was introduced by Alan Turing in his 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” which opens with the words: “I propose to consider the question, turing_model‘Can machines think?'” Because “thinking” is difficult to define, Turing chooses to “replace the question by another, which is closely related to it and is expressed in relatively unambiguous words.” Turing’s new question is: “Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the imitation game?” This question, Turing believed, is one that can actually be answered. In the remainder of the paper, he argued against all the major objections to the proposition that “machines can think”.


S-Voice and Sirus

Emotional data collection and data mining from social media. Emotional reaction predictions (and thus real-time manipulation of ) based on emotional profiles of demographics and analysis of real-time internet experinces Marketing Analysis

Off Topic: But It Needs To Be Said – from a bitchin’ workin’ mom

Sorry I promise to get back to tech tomorrow, but one more women in tech blog. Being a working mom with a tech career, I have had to deal with so much flack from co-working men with stay home wives or young late twenties early thirties men and women who are single or just getting wed. I even had to deal with an independent single dating grandma. What flack did they give me. Questioning not my work quantity or quality. But why I am working from home so much and/or taking my kids to doctors or going to school functions during the day. Not going to the every other day happy hour or just being so direct and to the point just to be efficient and get ‘er done. So the below article about the Katherine Zaleski apology from my favorite mommy helper service is a comfort and are issues that need to be talked about!!!

Katharine Zaleski’s Apology Should Inspire Us All to Treat Working Moms Better

Posted by Donna Levin on March 04, 2015 07:38 PM

Let's make organizational culture more supportive of working moms.

Good for Katharine Zaleski.

She is, deservedly, getting plenty of love and pub this week for being refreshingly self-aware and owning the role she, as a woman, once played in making the workplace inhospitable for working moms.

“For mothers in the workplace, it’s death by a thousand cuts – and sometimes it’s other women holding the knives,” Zaleski wrote for “Fortune,” in a piece in which now-CEO apologizes to the mothers she’s judged or passively held down. “I didn’t realize this – or how horrible I’d been – until five years later, when I gave birth to a daughter of my own.”

And good for Katharine Zaleski for doing something about it, for aspiring to give career-minded working moms a third option – one between “leaning in” and “opting out.” She’s doing this as co-founder and president of PowerToFly, a job-matching platform connecting women with digital and tech jobs they can do remotely.

But it’s not enough for us to simply congratulate Katharine Zaleski.

We must take a hard look at ourselves, and challenge the structures and systems that have led us to the point where working mothers feel like they only have three options. Because gender diversity isn’t a women’s issue, it’s everybody’s issue.

Explaining the vision for PowerToFly, Zaleski writes: “By enabling women to work from home, women could be valued for their productivity and not time spent sitting in an office or at a bar bonding afterwards.”That’s a fantastic start. The next step is one we must all take together.

The day before Zaleski’s “Fortune” piece hit the web, the New York Times published a piece titled“Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John.” In fact, for each woman executive at S.&P. 1500 firms, there are four men named John, Robert, William or James.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Helping highly skilled working moms find good digital and tech jobs is fantastic. It will help countless women continue their careers while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. But it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Distributing female talent to remote roles doesn’t cut to the core of the problem – that organizational culture is not particularly family-friendly and women, who are often the default parent, are disproportionately affected.

We, as business leaders and executives, need to take a long look in the mirror and identify what we can do within our own organizations to prevent women – and all parents – from ever feeling like they only have two choices: never see your child or give up your career aspirations.

Now here’s what I’m challenging you to do, and it’s the simplest step enterprises can take to help the working moms, new dads and all other caregivers in their workforce: Focus on results.

That’s it. Focus on results – not when or where the work gets done, or how many hours are spent in the office. And do it for your entire workforce – not just the moms, or the remote employees.

Do this and your organizational culture will become more family-friendly, more supportive of work-life integration. You’ll be rewarded with more engaged, loyal and productive employees.

So Tell Us: What are your ideas for improving gender diversity in the workplace? How can we take the PowerToFly philosophy of focusing on results and apply it to workplaces everywhere?

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Donna Levin is a co-founder and Vice President of Public Policy and CSR for In this role, she is dedicated to discovering innovative solutions to the growing global care issue, helping shape local, federal and state matters as they pertain to families.

Women in Technology You May Never Heard Of

All from of IFL ScienceNPR & BBC

Grace Hopper

In today’s male-dominated computer programming industry, it’s easy to forget that a woman — Grace Hopper — helped usher in the computer revolution. During World War II, Hopper left a teaching job at Vassar College to join the Navy Reserve. That’s when she went to Harvard to work on the first programmable computer in the United States: the Mark I.

Women were responsible for programming early computers, and Hopper led the charge. Later in her career, Hopper helped create a common language that computers could understand. It was called grace_hopper_being_promoted_to_commodore-5245227769ae68ca0290cfada565929f2c3631ea-s800-c85common business oriented language, or COBOL — a programming language still used today.

Rear Admiral Hopper went on to become the oldest serving officer in the United States Navy. She died in 1992 at the age of 85.

You can watch the documentary The Queen Of Code at

joan copyJoan Clarke’s ingenious work as a codebreaker during WW2 saved countless lives, and her talents were formidable enough to command the respect of some of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, despite the sexism of the time. But while Bletchley Park hero Alan Turing – who was punished by a post-war society where homosexuality was illegal and died at 41 – has been treated more kindly by history, the same cannot yet be said for Clarke. The only woman to work in the nerve centre of the quest to crack German Enigma ciphers, Clarke rose to deputy head of Hut 8, and would be its longest-serving member. She was also Turing’s lifelong friend and confidante and, briefly, his fiancée. Her story has been immortalised by Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, out in UK cinemas this week.

In 1939, Clarke was recruited into the Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) by one of her supervisors at Cambridge, where she gained a double first in mathematics, although she was prevented from receiving a full degree, which women were denied until 1948.

As was typical for girls at Bletchley, (and they were universally referred to as girls, not women) Clarke was initially assigned clerical work, and paid just £2 a week – significantly less than her male counterparts. Within a few days, however, her abilities shone through, and an extra table was installed for her in the small room within Hut 8 occupied by Turing and a couple of others.

In order to be paid for her promotion, Clarke needed to be classed as a linguist, as Civil Service bureaucracy had no protocols in place for a senior female cryptanalyst. She would later take great pleasure in filling in forms with the line: “grade: linguist, languages: none”. The navy ciphers decoded by Clarke and her colleagues were much harder to break than other German messages, and largely related to U-boats that were hunting down Allied ships carrying troops and supplies from the US to Europe. Her task was to break these ciphers in real time, one of the most high-pressure jobs at Bletchley, according to Michael Smith, author of several books on the Enigma project. The messages Clarke decoded would result in some military action being taken almost immediately, Mr Smith explains. U-boats would then either be sunk or circumnavigated, saving thousands of lives.Joan Clarke’s work helped avert several German U-boat attacks in the Atlantic.

Because of the secrecy that still surrounds events at Bletchley Park, the full extent of Clarke’s achievements remains unknown. Although she was appointed MBE in 1947 for her work during WW2, Clarke, who died in 1996, never sought the spotlight, and rarely contributed to accounts of the Enigma project. There were a handful of other female codebreakers at Bletchley, notably Margaret Rock, Mavis Lever and Ruth Briggs, but as Kerry Howard – one of the few people to research their roles in GCCS – explains, their contributions are hardly noted anywhere. “Up until now the main focus has been on the male professors who dominated the top level at Bletchley,” she says. In order to find any information on the women involved, you have “to dig much deeper”. “There are a lot of people in this story who should have their place in history,” says Keira Knightley.”Joan is certainly one of them”.

There are many more…below are a few more

'#WomenYouShouldHaveHeardOf #InternationalWomensDay'
'#WomenYouShouldHaveHeardOf #InternationalWomensDay'
'#WomenYouShouldHaveHeardOf #InternationalWomensDay'
'You may have heard of Hedy Lamarr - but did you know she was also an inventor and mathematician?  #InternationalWomensDay #WomenYouShouldHaveHeardOf'
'Margaret Hamilton was the lead flight software designer for Project Apollo. Just 31 when it landed on the moon, and her code has been credited for preventing an abort of the mission. #womenyoushouldhaveheardof'

The Old Guard Fighting the Share Economy – Uber vs. Yellow Cab

Uber is leaving San Antonio over City Council’s refusal to repeal ride-sharing ordinance

I am a huge fan of the share economy revolution. Technology finally working for the average middle class person. It really cuts out the Big Co. fat cat from the equation. Direct commerce – avatar to avatar (and then we meet when you pick me up in your fuel economy car). What could be cooler? There are so many times I have taken a cab and thought how I was at the mercy of some strange made up cost exchange to some big guy who could tell me I owe him much more than I had in my pocket for the ride at my destination. The metered rides never added up to me, but I was scared and too dependent to barter.  If I asked the cabbie “how much would it cost to take me to the airport” I never got a straight answer! So when GPS , Paypal, social media reviewing on smart phones, and some average Jo who had a car all got mixed up, catching rides in cities became fair and safer for me. Uber is awesome and so very “for the people by the people”. So imagine how bummed I am about the below. Having worked and lived in San Antonio, I can only say, “boooooooo to you SA” – sad face.
Mar 5, 2015, 4:00pm CST

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg W. Scott Bailey Reporter/Project Coordinator- San Antonio Business Journal


From the San Antonio Business Journal by Andrew Harrer

Uber says it will not be able to operate in the San Antonio city limits once a revised ride-sharing ordinance, approved on March 5, is implemented.

Uber is ready to say adios to San Antonio. The company had threatened to exit the market unless the city repealed a December ordinance affecting ride-sharing companies. On Thursday, City Council instead voted 8-2 to approve a number of changes to the ordinance.

So I asked Uber’s Debbee Hancock if the company is indeed planning to leave San Antonio.

“Yes,” she said. “We will not be able to operate within San Antonio’s city limits when this ordinance is implemented.”

Uber officials have not disclosed a departure date. But Hancock said the “revised ordinance remains one of the most burdensome in the nation.”

She added, “In one vote, the city has destroyed thousands of jobs and eliminated a safe transportation option.”

City leaders said San Antonio had to strike a balance between trying to address Uber’s concerns and protecting public safety.

Yellow Cab San Antonio President John Bouloubasis, who had urged Council members not to bow to political pressure from Uber, said after the Thursday vote that the city had showed “that it cannot be bought or bullied by expensive lobbyists.”


Microsoft bought ‘Minecraft’ after a single tweet by its creator 

According to this Engadget article, looks like all my MS hating, Minecraft loving friends are grieving today! What could go wrong? microsoftminecraft_0_oMaybe Minecraft will get easier to install. Or maybe it will cost more money? Will the Mac version still be supported and will pocket Minecraft still work on iOS, Androids, and Fire?

I really can feel for the founder/owner of Minecraft. He apparently became so overwhelmed by the massive work it takes to manage a gaming business with such a vocal community. It took over his life. I started a small local web design company and it has nearly killed me. I get it. Not everyone wants to be a slave to their job and their creations. This is the tweet that caused Microsoft and Blizzard (EA) to bid out Persson’s shares. But Microsoft? Wow! Or should I say WoW. I wonder. I understand that the XBOX has changed all views towards Microsoft as the Windows/Office conquer the world with bad software king. But I still know so many hardcore MS haters that wont ever touch a XBOX. I wonder what the reaction will be.

Mincraft Sale TweetI don’t dislike Microsoft. In fact with out Microsoft, I wouldn’t have the IT career I do. So the kids and I own a XBOX and we also own Minecraft for XBOX. I play the game with my 11 yr old son and 6yr old daughter and their friends. I have created a secure server for them to play remotely in their worlds. Other than the animal killing and noises that are made by these block characters during distress, I love the game and think it is an excellent creative learning tool for my children. We mostly play the game in the house on our Macs, unless we have no Wifi and then we play the pocket version on our 4G tablets or phones. But we play the game on a variety of devices and OS other than XBOX. They include iOS (iPads and Macs), Android (Samsung Galaxy Note tablets and phones, and Amazon-Fire), and Windows (HP, DELL, VIAO laptops & convertibles). Will Microsoft limit that freedom?

Again I do respect Persson’s choice to move on with his life. As explained in a Forbes interview “… FORBES represent Persson’s only interview about the Minecraft deal and his life after. It turns out that the most certain thing this windfall bought him was some heavy soul-searching. The only thing he has learned for sure: He was right to walk away from Minecraft. In explaining his recent decisions, he quotes Leonardo da Vinci: “Art is never finished, only abandoned.””

I just hope that the new owners continue to nurture such a strong and open community and keep the cost down. One of the upsides maybe that there will be more Minecraft merchandise for our kids birthday parties :)

watching Apple Watch

watch-dmI am fascinated by wearable, but I want them to completely replace the smartphones and tablet, but not be so clunky and weird to wear like Google glass.

This is a repost from TechCrunch by 

Apple’s first wearable is right around the corner, and the Apple Watch will likely debut along a very healthy selection of third-party apps. It might be hard to envision just how those apps will work, however, especially for potential buyers who don’t have the luxury of being able to wander over to an Apple Store and check one out in person.

WatchAware, a new site from the AppAdvice team focusing on providing Apple Watch media coverage, has created interactive previews of upcoming Watch Apps to let users see form themselves in a browser how they might work on the wrist.

There are currently 27 previews in total, including apps like Run 5k, Todoist, Deliveries and Infinitweet that have worked directly with WatchAware, and prominent Apple and partner apps like Facebook, Twitter, Maps, Pinterest and more. For each, you can see either the app, a glance (a focused display of your app’s most relevant information) or a notification, or a combination of the views listed if a developer has chosen to provide more than one.

The previews offer limited interactivity, showing some aspects of the Watch App’s functionality as a brief video demo, while letting users actually tap on other elements (both scrolling and tapping the digital crown to return home work on notifications, for instance) to load up preview clips of other features at the same time. Each interactive app demo is embedded in an Apple Watch hardware mockup so you can see what it would look like in the stainless Apple Watch version of the forthcoming iOS wearable. A brief description is included to give a general overview of the app’s functionality.

The AppAdvice team decided to build this site in part to help readers understand what the upcoming Apple Watch might be useful for in their own personal lives. There’s a lot of uncertainty around this new category, according to Mahmoud Hafez, AppAdvice founder.

“It was hard to start a new site from scratch since we have a strong user base at AppAdvice,” he explained to TechCrunch. “When the iPad launched we never considered making an iPad specific site, because the apps were so similar –  we saw it as more of a convenience form factor. With Apple Watch we see a true paradigm shift. We’re going to have radically different experiences and apps than we have on the phone. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about if this device deserves to exist and how it will change computing.”

WatchAware hopes to eventually make it possible for developers to use their technology to display their own apps, and will be working with anyone who contacts in the meantime to build a preview for use on the site together. They’re also looking to add additional interactive preview for detailed looks inside each app, over and above what they currently offer.

At this point, most people can imagine how a mobile app will work based on simple screens or a video demo, but that’s not the case for Apple Watch software. Providing some kind of mechanism that shows what users can expect from apps before they even own a wearable is indeed a useful service, and may help pave the way for more widespread adoption of the tech to come.

Future of Mobile Phone Carriers?

mobile WiFi everywhere, get on the bus

I heard this article on NPR yesterday and it reminded me of how temporary some of our staple technologies are. Disruptive technology is a beautiful but scary thing. Especially if you work in an industry whose major customers are the mobile phone networks. Free voice over IP is a future that is great for immediate timely human communication. Now Net Neutrality may be more of a juggernaut. If WiFi is free where ever you move thru a town.


Board any city bus in Portugal’s second-largest municipality, Porto, and you’ve got free Wi-Fi. More than 600 city buses and taxis have been fitted with wireless routers, creating what’s touted as the biggest Wi-Fi-in-motion network in the world.

The service not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but it also helps collect data that makes the municipality run more efficiently.

The tech startup behind this new service is called Veniam, based in Porto and Mountain View, Calif. It calls its project the “Internet of Moving Things.”

Porto is the first test market, but the company hopes to expand to several U.S. cities later this year.

In my crystal ball I saw the mobile network operators going out of business as Wifi calling, skype, hangout taking its place. Smart phone will all be unlocked and OTA a thing of the past. Sad face. I hope the companies I have been working for start adapting now…

The test of a robust Wi-Fi connection is if you can keep a Skype call up and running, with video, while moving around. So that’s what we try — while careening through different neighborhoods of Porto.

Over Skype, we reach André Cardote, Veniam’s engineering manager. From his office, he’s able to track our bus in real time, watching its Wi-Fi router connect to RSUs — roadside units — or fiber access points scattered across the city, through which it connects to the Internet.