Marvin Minsky, 88; MIT professor helped create field of artificial intelligence

Comments Print While still a teenager, Marvin Minsky began focusing on what would become his life’s work: unraveling the mystery of intelligence. “Around the end of high school, I had started thinking about thinking,” he told The New Yorker magazine in 1981. “One of the things that got me started was wondering why it was so hard to learn mathematics. You take an hour a page to read this thing, and still it doesn’t make sense. Then, suddenly, it becomes so easy it seems trivial. I began to wonder about the learning process and about learning machines.” As a Harvard College undergraduate in the late 1940s, he studied everything at once. He had laboratories in the biology and psychology departments and also studied composing, yet any single field seemed too…


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