Minsky: intent and intelligence

Last Modified: Thu, Jan 28 2016. 11 12 PM ISTMarvin Minsky said computing machines operated as human minds do. They could behave as humans do, that is, intelligently One chilly afternoon many years ago, six of us—five graduate students and our professor—piled into a tiny hatchback and drove west for a couple of hours. We were going to attend a small meeting of the Artificial Intelligence Society of New England (AISNE) in the town of Amherst in Massachusetts. Only months into my graduate programme in Computer Science, I was increasingly curious about artificial intelligence (AI), much more so than my other subjects. Besides struggling with a demanding introductory course, I had been reading all I could about it. And in much of that reading, there were references to a particular…


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