Architect of artificial intelligence Marvin Minsky dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, the pioneering artificial intelligence theorist, died of cerebral hemorrhage Sunday (January 24) at the age of 88 at a hospital in Boston. Apart from being the founding father of the field of artificial intelligence, Minsky was, during his long tenure as professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an innovative explorer of the mysteries of the human mind. Born in New York City on August 9, 1927, Minsky’s father Henry was a noted eye surgeon who served as director of Mount Sinai Hospital’s ophthalmology department in Manhattan. His mother, the former Fannie Reiser, was active in Zionist causes. The MIT’s Media Lab that he headed had a broad, interdisciplinary mandate to explore technology, multimedia and design. Dr. Minsky was a devoted professional who flourished as a professor…

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