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Will humans live longer and longer?


'The current climate crisis clouds visions of the future'
Marvin Minsky Scientist
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Right now, it’s hard to clearly imagine the future because of the current crisis in climate predictions. 'Cause it looks like in the next 50 years we will pass some critical point and the oceans will rise and the weather will get worse and the food supply will diminish and all sorts of problems like that are facing us. And I would like to see basic research increased so that we can under... make better predictions about these things and fix them, but it’s hard to be very optimistic about it.

Marvin Minsky (1927-2016) was one of the pioneers of the field of Artificial Intelligence, founding the MIT AI lab in 1970. He also made many contributions to the fields of mathematics, cognitive psychology, robotics, optics and computational linguistics. Since the 1950s, he had been attempting to define and explain human cognition, the ideas of which can be found in his two books, The Emotion Machine and The Society of Mind. His many inventions include the first confocal scanning microscope, the first neural network simulator (SNARC) and the first LOGO 'turtle'.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: climate, crisis, global warming, future

Duration: 54 seconds

Date story recorded: 29-31 Jan 2011

Date story went live: 13 May 2011