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A good theory in sociology would be very practical, I assume. It would help you to understand how societies behave, how people make decisions. That problem is too complicated. Nobody knows how to do that.
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Another thing that spoils us scientists is fundamental physics. We get this exaggerated notion of what you can expect to achieve in a theory that predicts experiment.
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Because there's money in it, I don't work on it, I sit and think about something else.
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Encrypting a file multiplied the copying time by about a hundred and, therefore, nobody ever did it.
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I began worrying about how you could secure the whole North American telephone system. How could you ever have a spontaneous call between two people and have it secure?
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I can never tell how much work I do because I'm unable to work on a thing that doesn't interest me. I am not at all good at working on assignment.
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I got interested in cryptography and I am very pleased to say that I have achieved what I set out to achieve.
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I had a great desire to travel. I set out at first driving around the United States, and I had planned to go off around the world.
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I had come from the environment of New York City, a very left, politically active environment. I grew up among what were called red diaper babies.
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I had this view of cryptography in which the critical value of cryptography was that you didn't have to trust other people. I never understood the notion of a key distribution center, which is a trusted resource that you have to share.
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I have always worked on what interests me.
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I have been interested in cryptography, intermittently, since I was 10.
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I have been working on two problems for three years: one of them for 8 or 9 years, and one of them for 3, 4, 5 years.
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I knew a lot of formal logic and appreciated formal methods, but in retrospect, I was interested in what would now be called programming methodology.
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I like to think of it as the macho tradition at MIT, that is, what a real person does is anything that comes along.
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I liked Berkeley tremendously, Berkeley was a very leftist campus. I came to love that city as much as I love Paris or the south of France or New York.
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I moved here to the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford, I was working on proof and correctness of programs.
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I realized I'd discovered something important, and I was acutely aware that the computer on which I was keeping my notes was not secure, so I didn't write it in my file.
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I think much better of MIT now than I did then. I wasn't very happy as an undergraduate at MIT. I wasn't a very good student.
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I thought cryptography was a technique that did not require your trusting other people-that if you encrypted your files, you would have the control to make the choice as to whether you would surrender your files.
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I took off nearly two years from having a job at all. I had enough money to do that as an artifact of the society at the time.
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I tried to talk a number of people into working on cryptography, and they subsequently have wished that I had succeeded.
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I understood the importance in principle of public key cryptography but it's all moved much faster than I expected. I did not expect it to be a mainstay of advanced communications technology.
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I was keeping a list of problems for an ambitious theory of cryptography. I was interested in the classical problem of producing secure conventional cryptosystems.
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I was living in a house that had a good workstation and a high-speed connection with the Artificial Intelligence Lab.
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I was working in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, a big computer timesharing project with some very substantial security ambitions.
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I'm a mathematician, so I'm not going to design any circuits or wire up any boards. I am not the epitome of that tradition.
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I've always been very sensitive to notation and style. I found it very hard always studying modern books on analysis. I didn't like to read details and sequences.
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If had there been a book on the mathematic shelf, a modern book on cryptography, I would have bought one, but I didn't feel like reading.
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If you could prove that something was a one-way function, that was the most practical thing-that was purely cryptographic.
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If you have ambition, you might not achieve anything, but without ambition, you are almost certain not to achieve anything.
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If you look out into the darkness, you don't discover anything, 'cause you can't see anything. So you're always working at the edge of light.
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In 1965, I knew some mathematics, I didn't know anything about computers. I had to get into system programming.
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In a sense I really worked with nobody because my approach was entirely different from the approach of the group.
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In about 1970, I decided I was an engineer. I continued to do work that was almost entirely mathematical, but I realized I was interested in building things, and that made me an engineer!
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It was a bizarre business at the time, you could be working on cryptographic projects for the government, still they wouldn't tell you anything about what they wanted you to do.
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Lots of people working in cryptography have no deep concern with real application issues. They are trying to discover things clever enough to write papers about.
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Merkle had been beating his head against a stone wall for years. He suddenly realized, here were people who would understand what he was talking about.
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MIT required you to trust other people, because if a subpoena came for your files from a court it would go to the system programmers, who would not be interested in going to prison to protect your files.
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MIT was nearly all male, which I did not find congenial. It had the atmosphere of a boy scout camp. That had a terrible influence.
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My assessment of cryptography in the security of timesharing systems had been that it had to be built in, and it had to run fast.
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My view of the matter was, the reason large programs are so confusing is that we don't know how to write them.
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One of the things I am good at is digging up rare manuscripts in libraries.
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One of the things that characterizes good intellectual work is a certain self-importance.
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People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don't take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work.
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People thought about things at MIT and they took that thought seriously.
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Public key was discovered, but the discovery wasn't understood. That happens with many things. How much influence I had, I can't tell.
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Some people make sharp distinctions sort of between their recreational musings and their professional work. I don't make that distinction very much.
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That really is one of the things that separates good intellects from mediocre intellects, is the understanding that the intellect matters.
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The Berkeley University Newspaper refers to Stanford as down on the farm, which historically refers to the fact that the land was Stanford's farm, a century ago, but that suggests a sleepy place.
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The buzzword at the time was paperless offices. I couldn't understand what you would do to replace the signed document.
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The excitement that's present at Berkeley or MIT or Harvard does not seem to me to be present at Stanford. There is something slightly cold and remote.
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The notion of proof of correctness of programs seemed to me that that's maybe the most important problem in modern engineering.
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There are groups now where people don't seem to think that they matter.
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There are people who think about things and think they're interesting, but don't think about that as as their real work.
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Two people can work on a problem better than one.
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We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics. Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that they have good solutions.
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When I was a teenager I was very interested in military matters but for some reason cryptography seemed vulgar to me. I was interested in more esoteric things.
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