At the 1. Adlershof Business Talk, far away from the public, Joseph Weizenbaum (83, on top) and Marvin Minsky (79) met again after more than 20 years. One cannot exactly say that they are close friends, however, what they do have in common, both went to MIT in its really »golden times«.
So, what happened?
A denouncement or should I better say a lamentation of Joseph Weizenbaum? In never ending monologues he was attacking Minsky. He didn´t want to discuss! He wasn`t looking for topics which might have been worth discussing! A bitter old complaining man …
What lasts? Weizenbaum was struggling for his acceptance in the scientific world – and he lost! His attempt for reconciliation failed because of his bitterness.
Weizenbaum was only topped by the incapacity of the attending journalist Stefan Krempl who – in this case – wasn`t able to break new ground! He really missed a great chance!