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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.
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.
Lawrence Gallagher talks with electrical engineer Thomas Magnanti, who holds an Institute Professor post.
Susan Hockfield talks about her role and responsibility as the leader of MIT.
A sit-down with Subra Suresh, former Dean of the MIT's largest academic division, the School of Engineering.
Civil and environmental engineer Steve Lerman talks with Karen Arenson about the early years of interactive media and the origins of email.
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 speaks about growing up with Japanese and American principles, as well as his involvement with online educational resources.
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.