The Godfather Of HAL 9000: Marvin Minsky

The computing world mourned the loss of a legend last week when AI visionary and inventor Marvin Minsky passed away. Many technical communities have paid their respects over the last week, from AI researchers and roboticists to hackers and supporters of open source methodology. Photo by Amy Sussman / Stringer, Getty Images Minsky was highly educated, like many in the field, holding a BA in mathematics from Harvard and earning his PhD from Princeton only four years later in 1954 with his thesis Theory of Neural-Analog Reinforcement Systems and Its Application to the Brain Model Problem. In 1958 he joined the MIT faculty, which he was a part of for his entire life, until his death this year. In 1959 he founded the highly influential MIT Computer Science and Artificial…

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