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The direction of attraction between mathematicians and musicians


The significance of being Jewish as a child
Marvin Minsky Scientist
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I don’t think it mattered because almost everyone was Jewish. Having lived in New York, it was…  no, it was never significant; I don’t remember ever being in a… an environment where there were significant anti-Semitic influences. But I know that my family was always aware of this problem and… I think one of the reasons why they moved me from the High School of Science to Andover was to get into the… out of the Jewish mainstream. 'Cause, there was some concern about that, but it never touched me.

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: Bronx High School of Science, Andover College

Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

Date story recorded: 29-31 Jan 2011

Date story went live: 09 May 2011