Honoring CHM Fellow Marvin Minsky
We announce with sadness the passing on January 24 of MIT Professor and 2006 CHM Fellow Marvin Minsky.
With John McCarthy, Minsky was one of the two founders, in 1959, of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a hotbed of advanced computer research. Minsky had broad-ranging interests and made major contributions to robotics, AI, microcscopy, and mathematics. He was also an accomplished pianist.LEARN MORE
The 1986 ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations
On January 9 and 10, 1986, there was a historic gathering of personal computing pioneers at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). The ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations was chaired by Alan Perlis of Yale University and organized by John White of PARC. The speakers were a "who's who" of innovative computing, including Allen Newell, Gordon Bell, JCR Licklider, Larry Roberts, Doug Engelbart, Alan Kay, Chuck Thacker, Butler Lampson, Wes Clark, and others. Take your front row seat and watch historic presentations from ACM’s Conference on the History of Personal Workstations.
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The Man Behind the Curtain of Amazon's Lab126
Gregg Zehr, president of Lab126, the Silicon Valley-based research and product development laboratory for Amazon, talks about his rural Midwestern upbringing, emergence into the tech world through companies like Apple and Palm, and the engineering of the original Amazon Kindle e-reader in his fascinating oral history.