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an informal collection of purposeful materials

warren mcculloch

heinz von foerster

gordon pask

 

see also paul pangaro

 

 


 

warren mcculloch

Monograph Television Interview

Recollections of the Many Sources of Cybernetics, by Warren Sturgis McCulloch. Download PDF [600 Kb]. Reprinted in American Society for Cybernetics FORUM Volume VI, Number 2 -Summer 1974.

An extraordinary piece in the inimitable style of McCulloch, this paper explores his background and lineage, and that of cybernetics, a field he did so much to define.

Please note this was text optically scanned and automatically converted and may contain errors.

Canadian Broadcasting 1969 - Warren speaks of brains and thinking machines, science and his legacy, and the need to be 'completely humble to the facts and completely haughty to man...' 21 minutes quicktime 40 MB

 

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heinz von foerster

The Stanford Lectures by Heinz von Foerster

Heinz von Foerster's Books

A Constructivist Epistemology

Ten hours of audio lectures on CD. Includes 95-page booklet containing lecture notes and illustrations, biographical material and photos. The lectures divide into 5 topics:

  1. Ballast
  2. Computation
  3. Cognition
  4. Hermeneutics
  5. Ethics

$25, available from the American Society for Cybernetics

download PDF order form

Childhood - Heinz speaks about his earliest books 7 minutes quicktime 10MB

Cybernetics - Scan of Heinz's primary cybernetics bookshelf 9 minutes quicktime 12MB

 

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gordon pask

Pask Videos Colloquy of Mobiles Pask PDFs

Portion of live 1979 lecture by Gordon Pask with mention of his 'Colloquy of Mobiles' (see video in right column) and mention of 'beauty'.

Colloquy and Beauty - quicktime 2'41" at 320x240, monaural sound, 6 MB download

Enquiries for permission to use should be addressed to pan @ pangaro.com

 

Portion of live 1979 lecture by Gordon Pask focused on 'entailment meshes', structures for representing knowledge ('knowing').

Entailment Meshes - quicktime 9'20" at 320x240, monaural sound, 35 MB download

Enquiries for permission to use should be addressed to pan @ pangaro.com

 

Portion of footage from 1974 British Broadcasting television series called "The Experimenters", this one focused on Gordon Pask and his contributions to education.

Educational Machines - quicktime 2'35" at 320x240, monaural sound, 6 MB download

 

Videos of Pask's interactive exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1968. These clips were crudely transfered from film and may be difficult to view.

Master shot 10 minutes quicktime silent 34 MB download

Close-up 4 minutes quicktime silent 15 MB download

Enquiries for permission to use should be addressed to pan @ pangaro.com

A compendium of useful papers, authored by Pask and others, about cybernetics, cybernetic machines, theories of learning, conversation theory, and consciousness.

Also available are PDFs of Pask's 4 main published books:

APPROACH TO CYBERNETICS

CYBERNETICS OF HUMAN LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE

CONVERSATION, COGNITION AND LEARNING

CONVERSATION THEORY

Pask PDFs

 

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additional sketches and raw footage

paul pangaro

 

Cybernetics Paskian Environments Entailment Meshes

A story of how articifial intelligence arose from cybernetics.

The earliest neural net theory, the relationship to Turing Machines, and the dominance of symbolic computing.

Videotaped during Stanford Course CS377A Autumn 2001 Introduction to Cybernetics, these clips are raw footage without audio adjustments or editing.

Cybernetics and the birth of AI - quicktime 35MB

Produced by Claudia L'Amoreaux.


 

Lecture given at the Digital Arts and New Media Program (DANM) of UC Santa Cruz.

Video of a talk entitled 'media–interaction–cybernetics' given at the Digital Arts and New Media Program of UC Santa Cruz.

See also presentation slides [7MB PDF] of the talk, shown during the video.

 


 

Pangaro describes his initiation into the world of finite-state machines.

Brainiacs 80 seconds - streaming quicktime 2MB

 

Sketches about Gordon Pask's machines for conversation.


Paskian Artifacts

Review of artifacts from a Pask archive with commentary. 61mins total

Part I. Introduction and Conversational Frameworks. 34mins

Part II. SAKI, EUCRATES, and STATLAB 7mins

Part III. Epilogue: Applications. 20mins


Paskian Environments

Videos prepared with Usman Haque for Game-Set-Match conference panel, Delft 2006.

Cybernetics and Pask 8 minute video with background on cybernetics and Pask's framework for thinking about human-to-human conversations—in order to construct human-machine versions. quicktime ~18MB

Presentation Slides to accompany the video above. PDF

Users to Designers 3 minute video on participation, novelty, conversation, and design. quicktime ~7MB

 

An introduction to Pask's knowledge models, called entailment meshes.

Before semantic nets or the semantic web, Gordon Pask created a calculus for conversation.

Videotaped during Stanford Course CS377A Autumn 2001 Introduction to Cybernetics, these clips are raw footage without audio adjustments or editing.

Best versions are here, hosted by Vimeo.

 

Lower-res versions

Context is a 6 minute chalk-talk with useful background, connection to AI, and a quick example of meshes. quicktime 27MB

Working through an example. Part I starts from scratch and builds an entailment mesh step-by-step. First 10 minutes of talk that continues in further parts below. quicktime ~50MB

Part II 10 minutes - quicktime ~50MB

Part III 9 minutes - quicktime ~50MB

Part IV 8 minutes - quicktime ~50MB

Part V 9 minutes - quicktime ~50MB

Produced by Claudia L'Amoreaux.


Related texts

THOUGHTSTICKER, software that relies on entailment meshes.

A brief model of entailment meshes, contains a minimal 'how-to' guide to making meshes.

 

 

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