Harold "Hal" Abelson is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation.
Adam talks to Hal Abelson about the textbook he coauthored in 1984, SICP and why it is still popular and influential today. "If you pick up almost any computing book it starts out 'here are these datatypes, these operations that you do' and somewhere around 20 or 30% through the book, they show you how to define a function or a procedure. Whereas we really take the opposite approach. We say the key thing is abstraction. So we kind of start there." "The axe [the book] is grinding is that people write programs to do one particular thing. And then the price of that is that a whole lot of software engineering ends up being trying to get out of the hole you dug yourself into because you made a program that was too specific." SICP Lectures The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs Hal Interview https://corecursive.com/039-hal-abelson-sicp/
Professor Hal Abelson of MIT joins Troy and Lee to explain key elements of the internet, machine learning, and the policy that governs them. He has broad experience from more than 40 years at MIT working with various types of computer systems. His insights into how things work and his efforts to educate policy makers is informative and timely given all technological breakthroughs that we’re living through. We take a deep dive into how machines learn, the limits of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and the sometimes inexplicable nature of what machines tell us. Our discussion got us thinking that machines and humans have some similar learning characteristics, even though machines do it with much less intuition and without any type of understanding... at least not yet.
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