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Mathematical education in the US Navy


Meeting people in the Navy who couldn't swim
Marvin Minsky Scientist
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Sunday, 01 January 2012 09:04 PM
At 0:28 Minksy makes himself look bad. How unfortunate.

And I was in boot camp when Japan surrendered, so I had been in the Navy for just a few months… in… in the Chicago area. And strangely enough, there were four or five… this was a company of about 200 recruits, most of whom were rather relatively ignorant people from the middle of the United States, and I remember being astonished at meeting people who didn’t know how to swim.

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: Japan, USA

Duration: 41 seconds

Date story recorded: 29-31 Jan 2011

Date story went live: 09 May 2011