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Here on the updated and expanded Infinite History site, we’ve collected a compelling compendium of videos. Interviews with legendary change-makers. Historic footage from the MIT Museum’s collections. Video of unforgettable lectures, commencement speeches, and symposia. And we’ve made it possible for you to personalize your exploration with advanced search tools. Take a look. You’ll rarely meet so many interesting people in one place.
Marvin Minsky was the Toshiba professor of media arts and sciences and computer science and engineering emeritus at MIT. Professor Minsky was a pioneer in the field of robotics and telepresence and he designed some of the first visual scanners and mechanical hands with tactile sensors. A philosopher and scientist, he worked in artificial intelligence since the 1950s and his 1961 paper, “Steps Towards Artificial Intelligence” was seminal to the field. Professor Minsky’s recent focus was on imparting human common sense to machines.
Steve Jobs, one of the computer industry’s foremost entrepreneurs, gives a wide-ranging talk to a group of MIT Sloan School of Management students in the spring of 1992.
At MIT's Mid-Century Convocation held in 1949—described as "an intellectual festival of monumental proportions"—Sir Winston Churchill gave a rousing keynote address titled Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress.
Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus provides an engaging introduction to the complex world of nanostructures, nanowires and thermoelectrics.
Institute Professor Philip Morrison, renowned nuclear physicist, astronomer, filmmaker and public science figure, delivers a magical talk to MIT alumni during Technology Day in June 1994.
Beloved teacher and Institute Professor Harold ‘Doc’ Edgerton is celebrated for his humor, insatiable scientific curiosity and revolutionary accomplishments in high-speed photography and underwater sonar instrumentation.
This undated b-&-w video compilation, likely prepared in conjunction with Jerome Wiesner’s inauguration as MIT’s 13th president, touches on Wiesner’s life as humanist, scientist and statesman.
Eric Evans highlights the relationship between Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT campus, the importance of cybersecurity and some of the typical research conducted at the Laboratory.
Linda Griffith discusses her academic career at MIT, her work in biology and her drive to advance research in the field of women’s health.
John Harbison talks about his long career in music, including his years of studying with different mentors, the many commissioned musical pieces he has created and his eventual ascension to the position of Institute Professor at MIT.
Robert Healy describes his efforts to create affordable housing in Cambridge, his work to improve the financial conditions of the city and some of the political challenges and triumphs he has witnessed during his time in service to the city.
Hugh Herr describes losing his leg as a teenager, his work to create functional prosthetic limbs and his hopes for the future of that field of technology.
David Maher discusses how Cambridge has changed over his lifetime of living there, his political career in service to the city and the relationship between MIT and the city residents.
Harold Abelson speaks about his early life and education, interest in educational technology, and work in founding of OpenCourseWare.
Former MIT First Lady Rebecca Vest talks about her early life and her involvement with the MIT community.
Yung Ho Chang speaks about his architecture career in China and the United States.
Wolfgang Ketterle talks about his work in physics and the responsibility a scientist has in today's society.
William Mitchell speaks about growing up in the Australian bush and his work in architecture.
Bill Hecht talks about the role of alumni in the MIT community and his experiences with the Institute over the years.
This TV program examines the obstacles that face the Apollo Command Module upon its return to Earth and the science that will keep it intact.
This TV program explains the uses of nuclear reactors in scientific research and its implications for future industry.
This TV program demonstrates the abilities of the Lunar Excursion Module and the science behind its creation and use.
This documentary examines the life of Harold "Doc" Edgerton and his work with strobe photography to capture rapid motion on film.
This video is of the Victory and Science exhibition at MIT, a demonstration of World War II weapons and technology for the general public.
This TV program examines the difficulties of astronauts maintaining a healthy diet and the science behind eating in space.