Past Meetup

Dan Bentley on The Connection Machine

This Meetup is past

80 people went

Two Sigma

101 Ave. of the Americas, 23rd Fl. J · New York

How to find us

Cross Streets: Watt and Grand. Note: Please make sure you’re signed-up for the meetup, including your first and last name. Without this info you won’t be allowed into the building by security.

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We are excited to host Dan Bentley, CEO of Windmill, presenting The Connection Machine: Computer Architecture for the New Wave ( by Danny Hillis.


The Connection Machine is a computer that a time traveler borrowed from 2015 and accidentally returned to the wrong decade. How else to explain a 1985 computer with 65,536 processors? That's motivated by doing computer vision? We'll cover The Connection Machine (Danny Hillis's Ph.D. thesis) and the related "Data Parallel Algorithms" in discussing this provocative technological vision. The big question: how did the Connection Machine get so much right but end up a footnote?


Dan Bentley's a software engineer building Live Development as CEO of Windmill. He's opened for The Who, and has a check from Donald Knuth.

Lightning Talk:

68 years ago MIND published 'COMPUTING MACHINERY AND INTELLIGENCE' ( the paper that would gift the world 'The Turing Test'. Everyone knows it, everyone can give the basics of what the turning test is; or at least they think they do.

What exactly is the Imitation Game, how was it framed, and what did Alan Turning actually care about when he proposed this idea? Lets explore together, section by section and see how this paper informed AI in the past and where it is still taking AI today.


Matthew Bergman is a polyglot programmer who cares way more about people and ethics then the code he writes. He is well versed in Ruby on Rails and Western philosophy, especially Hegelian philosophy.


Doors open at 6:30 pm; the presentations will begin right around 7:00 pm; and, yes, there will be refreshments of all kinds and pizza.

You'll have to check-in with security with your Name/ID. Definitely sign-up if you’re going to attend–unfortunately people whose names aren’t entered into the security system in advance won’t be allowed in.

After Dan's presentation, we will open up the floor to discussion and questions.

We hope that you'll read some of the papers and references before the meetup, but don't stress if you can't. If you have any questions, thoughts, or related information, please visit #pwlnyc ( on slack (, our GitHub repository (, or add to the discussion on this event's thread.

Additionally, if you have any papers you want to add to the repository above (papers that you love!), please send us a pull request ( Also, if you have any ideas/questions about this meetup or the Papers-We-Love org, just open up an issue.