I teach computers to understand language. I was also the founding president of Public Communication for Researchers at CMU, & a 2017 AAAS Mass Media Fellow with SciAm. I'm easily distracted by birds.
The experiment that taught us what “left” really means
Do the laws of physics know their left from their right?
The Cosmos' Attack on Computers
In 1984, IBM encountered a mystery: computers in Denver were making ten times more mistakes than the national average.
A World of Information
Everything in the world works by processing information. Even thermoses.
When Do I Start Knowing What I’m Doing?
When my advisor informed her assembled advisees that I was the group’s “machine learning expert,” I nearly choked. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what expertise looked like, and it wasn't me.
Why computer scientists and linguists don't always see eye-to-eye ...
“You’ve just explained my entire life to me.” This was the last thing I was expecting to hear from Lori, my graduate advisor, in the midst of a discussion of my career plans...