Artifact Details

Title

McCarthy, John oral history

Catalog Number

102658149

Type

Text

Date

2007-09-12

Contributor

McCarthy, John, Interviewee
Nilsson, Nils J., Interviewer
Spicer, Dag, Editor

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

24 p.

Description

Computer science legend John McCarthy speaks with Stanford University AI researcher and professor of computer science, Nil Nilsson. McCarthy discusses his early academic training and influences at Caltech and Princeton University. He then describes his early work at MIT and Dartmouth College in which he helped organize the highly influential Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence, the seminal first conference in the field. McCarthy then discusses his work at Stanford University and briefly summarizes some of the mathematical underpinnings of the logical models he uses in explaining and understanding computer systems.

Category

Transcription

Subject

McCarthy, John; AI (Artificial Intelligence); Caltech; Princeton University; Harvard University; MIT; Dartmouth College; Kyoto Prize; FORTRAN; Lefschetz, Solomon; Shannon, Claude; Bell Laboratories; Kleene, Stephen; Stanford University; International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC); IPL (Information Processing Language); LISP; recursion; Kemeny, John; Minsky, Marvin; alpha-beta; minimax; Samuel, Arthur; Corbató, Fernando; Fredkin, Ed; Gurley, Ben; BBN; Newell, Allen; IBM 704 (Computer); IBM System/360 (Computer); General Electric (GE); SAIL (Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory); DARPA; mathematical logic; Prolog (Computer program language); Cyc; Lenat, Doug; Gödel, Kurt

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X4205.2008