The MIT Lecture Browser & A Beautiful Mind

beautifulmind2.jpgMIT has released a new search engine that draws on speech recognition technology and lets users search MIT audio & video lectures by keyword. For example, if you type "NASA" into the search box, the search results will include all of the instances where a speaker utters the word NASA in a recorded lecture. (You can get more background information on the new search engine here.)

Now, what's nice about using this example is that a "NASA" search will bring you to an intriguing presentation by Sylvia Nasar. (Click here and type "NASA" or "Sylvia.") She's the author of the bestelling book, A Beautiful Mind, which offers a biographical account of the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash and his struggles with paranoid schizophrenia. The book was turned into an Academy Award-winning film, and here you can find Nasar delivering a lecture at MIT called "A Beautiful Mind: Genius, Madness, Reawakening." She's a very able speaker and tells a good story. Have a look. (You can also access Nasar's talk here.)

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