Artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky dies

A founder of the field in the 1950s, his inventions foreshadowed today’s leading-edge technologies ©Getty Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of artificial intelligence whose working life traced the long arc from early optimism to disappointment and eventual revival of enthusiasm for thinking machines, has died at the age of 88. As a founder of the AI field in the 1950s, Mr Minsky notched up a series of personal inventions that foreshadowed some of the leading-edge technologies of today. More On this topic IN Obituaries They included his construction, using vacuum tubes, of the first “neural network” — a system designed to emulate the network of neurons in the human brain. Backed by far greater processing power, the idea is at the heart of the modern field of deep learning, an advanced…

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