Marvin Minsky: What did he teach us about artificial intelligence?

Pioneer of artificial intelligence, mathematician, and avid pianist Marvin Minsky died Sunday, Jan. 24. He was 88. News of his death was announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. According to The Washington Post, an email distributed to employees read:With great great sadness, I have to report that Marvin Minsky died last night. The world has lost one of its greatest minds in science.Dr. Minsky’s formal education was in the field of mathematics, earning his undergraduate from Harvard in 1950 and his PhD in 1954. But, after achieving his doctorate, he shifted his attention to artificial intelligence. He referred to the puzzle of artificial intelligence as “hopelessly profound” in a 1981 interview with The New Yorker.As an inventor, Minsky contributed creations such as the first neural network simulator,…


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