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Interviews with Seymour Papert

By Seymour Papert
Theoretical and Practical Computer Applications in Entertainment, [Vol. 2, No. 1]

DOI: 10.1145/973801.973816

The legendary Quincy Jones and Seymour Papert have graciously appeared on camera for interviews and joined the ACM Computers in Entertainment magazines editorial board. Quincy and Seymour are two of the nicest people to talk to and work with. Quincy talks about education as fun learning, the impact of music on children, how technology affects the way music is created and produced, and digital distribution of music over the Internet. Seymour speaks of learning-rich entertainment, Logo and computer programming for children, technology in schools and education, and the future of home schooling and learning environments. The video clips of the interviews are available at

Quincy Jones, who composed more than 50 major motion picture and television scores, has earned international acclaim as producer of the best-selling single of all time and the best-selling album in the history of the recording industry. The all-time most nominated Grammy artist with a total of 76 nominations and 26 awards, Quincy has also received an Emmy Award, seven Oscar nominations, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. More information can be found at

Seymour Papert, a mathematician and an early pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, is internationally recognized as the seminal thinker on how computers can change learning. He is a cofounder with Marvin Minsky of the AI Lab at MIT and a founding faculty member of the MIT Media Lab, where he continues to work. Seymour collaborated for many years with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He wrote many books including Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas. More information can be found at

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