Failed Visions and Unexpected Adaptations - Reflections on the Interaction of Society and Communications Technology with Robert Lucky

3/16/2012; 63 minutes

In 1961 Dr. Robert Lucky joined AT&T Bell Laboratories where he was initially involved in studying ways of sending digital information over telephone lines. The best known outcome of this work was his invention of the adaptive equalizer- a technique for correcting distortion in telephone signals which is used in high speed data transmission. He is the 1987 Marconi Prize recipient for his contributions to data communications and is also the author of the popular book Silicon Dreams (1989) which discusses the ways in which both humans and computers deal with information. (#23323)

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