RIP to the Godfather of Robots

Bionic Body 01.31.16 5:15 AM ET Marvin Minsky died last week, but his legacy—one that spans across robotics, science, and pop culture—will live forever. 
 Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of artificial intelligence and robotics research and co-founder of M.I.T.’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, died last Sunday.  Minsky paved the way for innumerable insights and advancements in robotics, while also leaving a mark on popular culture (Arthur Clarke references him in the book version of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Stanley Kubrick consulted with him about how to portray HAL and the space pods in the film). Before Asimo, Roombas, and delivery drones, someone had to figure out how to make and control all of those moving parts. Minsky was one of those people. In 1968, Minsky developed a robotic tentacle arm.…


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