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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.
Anant Agarwal describes growing up in India, his career at MIT and his work with CSAIL. He also talks about his lifelong goal of educating a billion people.
Cynthia Breazeal talks about her childhood love of robots, her career at MIT developing artificial intelligence and the commercial application of robotics in products such as Jibo.
Erich Caulfield talks about growing up in the South, "Nerd Pride" at MIT, and his career in consulting.
Marine biologist Sallie Chisholm talks about her connection to Wood Holes Oceanographic Institute, the discovery of Prochloroccus, and her experience writing children's books.
Henrietta Davis outlines the town/gown relationship between MIT and Cambridge, the history of affordable housing in the city and her experiences in city politics as the former mayor.
Erik Demaine describes his father’s impact on his education, his collaborative style of problem-solving and his love of origami.
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 details the equipment necessary to keep a spacecraft going in the right direction and the challenges involved in that task.
This video is of Professor Athelsan Spilhaus giving the inagural lecture at the MIT Sea Grant Program Convocation celebration.
This TV program details the future of the National Magnetic Laboratory at MIT in the field of biomagnetics.
This TV program discusses the potential for city growth over the next 20 years and the possible changes that could come with it.
This TV program details the "Automatically Programmed Tools" project and the success of MIT's first joint government, industry and university effort.
President William Jefferson Clinton delivers an address at the 1998 MIT Commencement on the topic of the Information Revolution.