Remembering Marvin Minsky, a Founding Father of Artificial Intelligence

If you have ever marveled about the power of computers to think, learn, and process information, you owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin Minsky. The long-time MIT professor spent his life pioneering advances in what we now know as artificial intelligence. Minsky died in Boston on Sunday at age 88. His family told the New York Times that the cause was a cerebral hemorrhage. His achievements in the field of A.I. research and elsewhere are so vast, it is difficult to summarize them. The short list, taken from stories written about Minsky in the New York Times, Popular Science, MIT Technology Review, and the New Yorker includes:  In 1951, while studying mathematics at Princeton, he built the first learning machine. It was an artificial neural network built from vacuum tubes. He called it…


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