Video Title: Washburn Lecture Series at the Museum of Science, Boston: "2001: A Space Odyssey. Are we there yet?" Lecture one (of three) - Human/Computer Conversation: HAL and Beyond, with Justine Cassell, Ph.D.
Description: Justine Cassell's lecture, "Human/Computer Conversation: HAL and Beyond," was the first in the three speaker lecture series: "2001: A Space Odyssey. Are we there yet?" When she gave this talk, Dr. Cassell was an associate professor in the MIT Media Laboratory. She is now [2007] the director of Northwestern University's Center for Technology & Social Behavior, and a full professor in the departments of Communication Studies and Electrical Engineering & Computer. The Washburn Lecture Series was held at the Museum of Science, Boston, and Dr. Cary Sneider, Vice President for Programs, introduced the speakers.
Date of Video: November 6, 2001
Color. Sound. Length (min:sec): 97:18.
Copyright Info: ?? Museum of Science, Boston and righthsolders of video clips ??
Interesting Clips:
  • 5:12 clip from "2001: A Space Odyssey"
  • 11:14-12:48 Take-away Points
  • 12:50 using machines to better understand humans, and Artificial Intelligence\'s original endeavor *13:50 Ancient History: Organicist Automata
  • 15:14 Vaucanson Duck & Drozís Writing Boy
  • 22:58 clip from "Knight Rider" featuring KITT [Knight Industries Two Thousand]
  • 26:13 "he, she or it" anecdote
  • 28:04 explanation of Neo-Organicist Functional Embodiment and Embodied Conversational Agents [ECAs]
  • 42:20 Technical Challenges [in building ECAs]
  • 45:15 clip of REA, the ECA realtor
    • 60:18 another clip of REA
    • 64:40 another clip of REA
  • 52:23 concept of shared reality
  • 53:17 three "ECAs in Shared Reality" projects: Grandchair, MACK, and Sam
  • 80:15 Q & A: the first addresses the potential for misuse of this technology, and the last one is about Machine Learning and Symbolic approaches
Location of Original: ?? Museum of Science, Boston ??


Links to the 2nd and 3rd lectures in the series are available at

Several of Dr. Cassell\'s papers [including "Embodied Conversational Agents: Representation and Intelligence in User Interfaces," AI Magazine 22 (4): Winter 2001, 67-83] are available from her collection of publications at

The online version of "HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality," edited by David G. Stork, can be found at

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