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Artificial Intelligence

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Computer Science and Engineering, emeritus
Head, Society of Mind Group

MIT2016 Interviews

Anant Agarwal talks about his life and career

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 career and her love for robotics

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

Erich Caulfield talks about growing up in the South, "Nerd Pride" at MIT, and his career in consulting.

Sallie Chisholm

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 talks about her many years of service to the city of Cambridge

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 talks about his life and career

Erik Demaine describes his father’s impact on his education, his collaborative style of problem-solving and his love of origami.

MIT150 Interviews

Thomas Magnanti talks about his personal life and academic career

Lawrence Gallagher talks with electrical engineer Thomas Magnanti, who holds an Institute Professor post.

Susan Hockfield discusses her time as president of MIT

Susan Hockfield talks about her role and responsibility as the leader of MIT.

MIT School of Engineering

A sit-down with Subra Suresh, former Dean of the MIT's largest academic division, the School of Engineering.

Steve Lerman

Civil and environmental engineer Steve Lerman talks with Karen Arenson about the early years of interactive media and the origins of email.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President

Shirley Jackson talks about the effects of events like Brown v. Board of Education and Soviet Union launch of Sputnik had on her education, as well as her experiences with race relations at MIT.

Shigeru Miyagawa discusses his work with online educational resources

Shigeru Miyagawa speaks about growing up with Japanese and American principles, as well as his involvement with online educational resources.

From the Vault

The return of the Apollo Command Module to Earth is explained

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. 

Man holding model of iron

This TV program explains the uses of nuclear reactors in scientific research and its implications for future industry.

A lunar landing simulator at work.

This TV program demonstrates the abilities of the Lunar Excursion Module and the science behind its creation and use.

Runners captured via strobe photography.

This documentary examines the life of Harold "Doc" Edgerton and his work with strobe photography to capture rapid motion on film.

Artillery brought from the frontlines of World War II to MIT.

This video is of the Victory and Science exhibition at MIT, a demonstration of World War II weapons and technology for the general public.

Drinking milk in zero gravity.

This TV program examines the difficulties of astronauts maintaining a healthy diet and the science behind eating in space.