AI Films

Waltz Finger (AI Film #53)
An animated look at the "Waltz Finger"

Tour of the MIT AI Lab from 1971 (AI Film #45)
Snippets of different areas of the MIT lab in 1971. Clips of written programs running on the 340 display, an oscilloscope table display, Eye trackers, Minsky Bennet arm, and clips on people working on a view finder.

Computer-Controlled Robot Assembly of Automobile Alternator (AI Film #38)
This video shows early work done by Draper Lab. It demonstrates how their early computer controlled assembly of automobile alternator system worked.

Versatran (AI Film #47)
A promotional video describing Versatran Machine. The video describes the machine, shows how to program it, and various possible applications.

Collage of AI Research Clips (AI Film #2)
Many clips of different things. Among them are a computer display of some kind of geometric or field calculation, a simulation of different-size (and mass) balls colliding with a complex environment and each other under gravity, Ray Solomonoff talking, someone on a bongo board, Rick Greenblatt talking, Marvin Minsky and a student watching a robot arm stacking blocks, students watching a different arm accidentally knocking over a tower of blocks, Alan Kotok, Stuart Nelson and others in front of the PDP-6, Lucy (Marvin Minsky's secretary) sitting on the Minsky-Bennett arm and riding around, some kind of grasping mechanism being demonstrated and a brief screen recording of what looks like Terry Winograd's SHRDLU.

Channel 5 Special (AI Film #10)
Seymor Papert trying to show how kids can use computers to learn. Various shots of fourth grade kids giving mathematical orders to a computer in order to control a HP display.

The Eye of a Robot - Edit 1 (AI Film #88)
Description of computer vision research at MIT, and various machine learning algorithms. Professor Minsky explains a machine learning algorithm. Then, lower level vision systems are explained on a computer screen.

The Eye of a Robot - Edit 2 (AI Film #x01)
Description of computer vision research at MIT, and various machine learning algorithms. Professor Minsky explains a machine learning algorithm. Then, lower level vision systems are explained on a computer screen.

The Eye of a Robot - Edit 3 (AI Film #1)
The first half of the film is a lecture by Marvin Minsky describing the basic ideas of Patrick Winston's learning program, using examples and "near misses" to refine the program's model of what is an arch. The second half of the film is a narration by Dave Waltz describing other robotics research at MIT. He discusses Tim Finin's program that uses Winston-like models to recognize objects that match the model even when parts of the object are obscured. It uses hypotheses about dimensions of the objects that it can not directly observe.