AI and Computer Learning Lion Seymour Papert Dies at 88

Seymour Papert, the MIT professor who helped blaze the trail for artificial intelligence and computer-aided education for children at a time when no one saw the potential for using these massive machines for such purposes, died Sunday at the age of 88 in East Blue Hill, Maine. In the 1960s, when computers were pricey and huge, Papert saw them as a way to help children learn by doing. He developed the Logo programming language for children, who initially used it to program and animate a small robot turtle. Papert’s “constructionist” theory of education held that kids learn best by building things and making things happen, according to the MIT News. “At that time, computers were in enormous rooms…and he was the visionary who first saw the potential of the computer…


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