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Warren McCulloch: For whom the world was a stage


I created part of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Marvin Minsky Scientist
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He did... he did tell me something about what was happening in the movie. And, I said: 'Oh, that could look like this.' And I drew... just on the back of – literally on the back of an envelope, I think – I drew this... these hands coming out of the module. And they’re exactly the ones he built.

[Q] So, that was fun.

Oh yeah, it was about three days. Then... didn’t see him again for a long time, but Arthur Clarke came over here and as I told you, he stayed with us for a few days.

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: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Clarke

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: 29-31 Jan 2011

Date story went live: 12 May 2011