The Legacy Of Marvin Minsky, Who Helped Found Artificial Intelligence

In 1955, in a small room at Dartmouth University, four scientists proposed that if 10 researchers dedicated a summer to building machines that could learn, they could make a considerable dent in a new field, which they called “artificial intelligence.” Marvin Minsky, who passed away at age 88 on Sunday evening, was one of those four researchers. In the 60 years since then, the industries of computer science and machine learning have grown tremendously. Minsky proceeded to found MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which is still a hub of A.I. research. There, he is remembered for not only his life’s achievements and diversions, which span building the first neural network simulator and advising on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his vision for what artificial intelligence should be. Joscha Bach,…


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