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Herbert Simon and Artificial Intelligence

Political scientist and artificial intelligence innovator Herbert Alexander Simon, winner of the Turing Award in 1975 and the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1978, was born in Milwaukee on this date in 1915 to a Jewish father and a mother of mixed Jewish and Christian background. Simon spent most of his academic and research career […]

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August 29: A Science Wunderkind

Stephen Wolfram, a science wunderkind who was writing books on particle physics by the time he was bar-mitsve age and grew into an adult computer scientist, mathematician, and theoretical physicist, was born to refugees from Hitler’s Germany on this date in 1959. Wolfram received his PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech at age 20. His […]

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January 11: Death of an Internet Activist

Aaron Swartz, 26, an activist for the free flow of information on the Internet, died a suicide on this date in 2013. At the time he was facing federal charges of computer fraud for hacking into JSTOR, the academic journal subscription service, from which he had downloaded and made available for free at least twenty […]

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November 10: The First Computer Virus

A PhD student at the University of Southern California, Fred Cohen, demonstrated the workings of the world’s first documented computer virus on this date in 1983. In his paper, Cohen defined the virus he had created as “a program that can ‘infect’ other programs by modifying them to include a . . .  version of […]

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