Artificial intelligence leader Marvin Minsky dies at 88

Photo by MITThe computer science industry has lost another pioneer. This time, it was a man who had a vision of artificial intelligence, something that is currently impacting the advancement of technology and software. Marvin Minsky, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on Sunday night in Boston at the age of 88, according to The New York Times. He helped create the field of artificial intelligence, and his contributions demonstrated that computers were more than just machines and that they could be built to have some learning and reasoning capabilities. (Related: AI system has the wherewithal to play chess) Minsky saw no difference between humans and machines or their thinking processes, according to the Times. In the 1950s, he started working on computational ideas to characterize human…

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