November 1, 2020

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Lex Fridman Talks to Gosling, Kernighan and Knuth

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As editor of I Programmer, I am keen on the heritage of pc programming and...

As editor of I Programmer, I am keen on the heritage of pc programming and this 7 days I’ve appear across a new useful resource – a series of podcasts in which Lex Fridman interviews some of the greatest names in pc science.

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The Lex Fridman Podcast was formerly regarded as The Artificial Intelligence Podcast and the to start with one dates from April 2018. They are all performed by Lex Fridman, an AI researcher at MIT. Fridman does have some precisely AI-oriented interviews, you will find a person with Andrew Ng, for illustration.

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The one that alerted me to the collection, nevertheless, was one posted on You Tube a week ago with James Gosling, the creator of the Java Language and is the 1 hundred and twenty sixth in the sequence. 

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The conversation ranges broadly, setting up with Lex Fridman noting that he experienced heard that Gosling’s favourite irrational number is the square root of two. Before long having said that it moves on to Gosling’s reminiscences of his very first encounter with a computer system at the University of Calgary. 

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A awesome function of the video clip, which you have to go to YouTube to observe as embedding on other web-sites has been disabled, is that it it is break up up into “chapters”, that you can very easily navigate to. 

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Whilst watching a online video the red line that extends as you enjoy is not continouous but “chunked” with a “path” underneath it telling you which “chapter” you are in and what comes following.

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The outline for the job interview with Brian Kernighan, which dates from a few of months back is as follows: 

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:00 – Introduction
4:24 – UNIX early times
22:09 – Unix philosophy
31:54 – Is programming artwork or science?
35:18 – AWK
42:03 – Programming setup
46:39 – Background of programming languages
52:48 – C programming language
58:44 – Go language
1:01:57 – Learning new programming languages
1:04:57 – Javascript
1:08:16 – Wide variety of programming languages
1:10:30 – AMPL
1:18:01 – Graph principle
1:22:20 – AI in 1964
1:27:50 – Long term of AI
1:29:47 – Moore’s law
1:32:54 – Pcs in our planet
1:40:37 – Lifetime

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The interview with Donald Knuth comes from before in the sequence and whilst it has a detailed define, predates the YouTube chapter facility. You should not enable this deter you from observing it, nonetheless the conversation about AI subject areas, moreover Donald Knuth’s operate on Algorithms, Complexity, and, of course, The Artwork of Computer system Programming tends to make for a interesting hour and a few quarters.

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