Marvin Minsky, pioneer in artificial intelligence, passes away aged 88

Photo credit:Wikimedia Commons Boston: Marvin Minsky, pioneer in artificial intelligence and who helped make machines think, leading to computers that understand spoken commands and beat grandmasters at chess, is no more. Professor Minsky, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Sunday, January 24, 2016, was 88 years of age. Minsky was one of the world’s foremost artificial intelligence experts. He went on to cofound the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, in 1959, with John McCarthy. The MIT-based artificial intelligence and computing giant also built the first computer capable of learning through connections that mimic human neurons. “Minsky had ‘a monster brain’. He could be intimidating without meaning to be because he was “such a genius,” MIT colleague Patrick Winston, a professor of artificial intelligence and computer science, was…


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