AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies aged 88

AI pioneer Marvin Minsky dies aged 88 26 January 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Marvin Minsky was one of the driving forces behind AI developments Marvin Minsky, one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, has died of a cerebral haemorrhage, aged 88.The mathematician and computer scientist was one of the world’s foremost AI experts.As a student, he built one of the first neural-network learning machines, using vacuum tubes.He went on to cofound the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, in 1959, with John McCarthy.Prof Minsky’s ideas and influence were wide-ranging – from computational linguistics, mathematics and robotics – but underpinning it all was a desire, in his own words, “to impart to machines the human capacity for commonsense reasoning”. He viewed the…

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