Marvin Minsky, Father of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, a mathematician, computer scientist and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, died at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Sunday, January 24, 2016, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88. Minsky, a professor emeritus at the MIT Media Lab, was a pioneering thinker and the foremost expert on the theory of artificial intelligence. His 1985 book The Society of Mind is considered a seminal exploration of intellectual structure and function, advancing understanding of the diversity of mechanisms interacting in intelligence and thought. Minsky’s last book, The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind, was published in 2006. Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer — which would teach us, in turn,…


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