Marvin Minsky, an architect of artificial intelligence, dies at 88

By Joel Achenbach, Marvin Minsky, a founding father of the field of artificial intelligence and an innovative explorer of the mysteries of the human mind during his long tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Jan. 24 at a hospital in Boston. He was 88. The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage, according to a statement from MIT. He was a professor emeritus at MIT’s Media Lab, which has a broad, interdisciplinary mandate to explore technology, multimedia and design. Dr. Minsky devoted his professional life to the astonishing hypothesis that engineers could someday create an intelligent machine. He flourished as a professor and mentor even as the field of A.I. endured discouraging results and eruptions of pessimism. He lived long enough to see A.I. ambitions flourishing anew, with attendant concerns…


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