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The Society of Fellows was a wonderful environment


Donald Hall and John Hollander at Harvard
Marvin Minsky Scientist
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I can’t remember much because we were just friends and we talked about many things, but… but since we weren’t really doing much of the same thing it… it never resulted in an accomplishment or a piece of work, or art. But I spent a little more time with John Hollander because he was more interested in… a little more interested in the theory of semantics, but both of them were inspiring poets of very different sorts, because John Hollander is much funnier and… sheer technical cleverness with words, and Donald Hall is much deeper psychologically and…

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: The Harvard Society of Fellows, John Hollander, Donald Hall

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

Date story recorded: 29-31 Jan 2011

Date story went live: 09 May 2011