Prof. Dr. em. Joseph Weizenbaum
Fachbereich: Computerwissenschaften
Institution: Laboratory for Compuer Science, MIT
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Joseph Weizenbaum is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Computer Science at MIT, USA. Weizenbaum began his university studies at Wayne University in Detroit, Michigan. After the war, in 1946, he resumed his studies in mathematics. While a research assistant in the university's mathematics department, Weizenbaum helped design, build and operate a, for that time large, digital computer. He completed his studies in mathematics in 1952 but concentrated on computers for the rest of his professional life. In 1963 Weizenbaum was called to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where, in addition to his teaching duties, he was to participate in another pioneering effort: the design and implementation of the first large time-sharing system for computers. The first computer network, the so-called ARPA net, was in part a product of that research and the a model for today's Internet. After twenty-five years of service as Professor of Computer Science at MIT, Professor Weizenbaum retired and was appointed Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer at the Institute. Fellowships: Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, California (1972 to 1973), Vinton Hayes Research Scholarship at Harvard University (1973 to 1974). Visiting professor at the TU Berlin, The Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Hamburg, and the University of Bremen. Honors: Doctor of Science Degree, h.c. from the Adelphy University of New York, Doctor of Humane Letters from Daniel Webster College of New Hampshire, honorary Doctorate from the University of Bremen in 1998. Prizes: Norbert Wiener Prize awarded by the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (USA) and the Namour Prize of the International Federation of Information Societies for his work on societal aspects of the computer revolution, as well as a prize for "lifetime achievement" from FIFF (Informatiker für Frieden und soziale Verantwortung), Humboldt Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).
Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft (1977), Kurs auf Den Eisberg (1987), Sind die Computer die besseren Menschen? (1992), Computermacht und Gesellschaft (2001).
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