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Project MAC

A project suggested by J C R Licklider; its founding director was MIT Prof. Robert M Fano. MAC stood for Multiple Access Computers on the 5th floor of Tech Square, and Man and Computer on the 9th floor. The major efforts were Corbato's Multics development and Marvin Minsky's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1963 Project MAC hosted a summer study, which brought many well-known computer scientists to Cambridge to use CTSS and to discuss the future of computing.

Funding for Project MAC was provided by the Information Processing Techniques Office of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the US Department of Defense.

See also Early PL/I, MacLisp, MACSYMA, MDL, Multipop-68, OCAL.
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The technical report describing his thesis was the first in a series of illustrious research results: Project MAC technical report: MAC-TR-1.
In its current capital development project mac is working in partnership with sampad South Asian Arts - a resident company at Mac for over 13 years - towards a new imagining of a cultural agency at the heart of a rich, multi-cultural city community.
ARPA gave funding to a range of university and government projects, but among the more significant grants it distributed was the $3 million per year given in the 1960s to Project MAC at MIT, to encourage the spread of timesharing computing on the then-breakthrough minicomputer technology.
Together, Project MAC, ARC, and other ARPA-funded institutions formed the collaborative research network that would eventually become the Internet.
Project MAC (Mainstreaming at Camp), sponsored by the Young Adult Institute in cooperation with the Frost Valley YMCA, serves children and young adults with developmental delays.
Project MAC also has a Wellness Program which promotes physical and mental well-being through nutritional meals, a fitness and exercise program and self-care training.
So what came to be called Project Mac gradually jelled in his mind.
And we managed to get that enhanced and ready to go by spring 1963, when we had our Project Mac summer study.
After graduating from MIT at age 19 with a degree in mathematics, Selfridge worked with Norbert Wiener at MIT, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and was the associate director for Project MAC, CSAIL's parent initiative.
He spearheaded the development of the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) at MIT's Computation Center and Project MAC from 1960 to 1965.

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