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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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An Interview with Oliver Selfridge

An Interview with Oliver Selfridge

(p.396) (p.397) 17 An Interview with Oliver Selfridge
The Mechanical Mind in History

Philip Husbands

Owen Holland

Michael Wheeler

The MIT Press

Oliver Selfridge studied mathematics at MIT under Norbert Wiener and went on to write important early papers on pattern recognition and machine learning. His 1958 paper on the Pandemonium system is regarded as one of the classics of machine intelligence. This chapter presents an edited transcript of an interview conducted on 8 May 2006. Selfridge describes what it was like to be at the heart of the MIT cybernetics enterprise in the 1940s and 1950s, and how he helped Minsky and McCarthy to establish the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Keywords:   pattern recognition, machine learning, Pandemonium system, machine intelligence

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