Marvin Minsky: Read His 1961 Paper on Artificial Intelligence

Before we had supercomputers and microprocessors, some geniuses were already thinking about the possibility of artificial intelligence. One of those pioneers, Marvin Minksy, died Sunday night in Boston of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88. Minsky’s groundbreaking research, having began in the ‘50s, is enough to fill an entire book. (And it has — several, in fact.) His major contributions to the world of artificial intelligence research and development included helping to illustrate how common-sense reasoning skills could be applied to machine systems. In other words: Minsky helped to bridge the gap between thinking in humans and thinking in computers. A photo of Minsky appeared on the MIT CSAIL website this week. Minsky would help found the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab (now known as the MIT Computer Science and Artificial…


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