Computer scientist Marvin Minsky dies

Marvin Minsky, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist whose contributions to artificial intelligence rank him among the leaders in his field, has died, MIT confirmed Tuesday. He was 88. The cause of his death Sunday was a cerebral hemorrhage, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The co-founder of MIT’s artificial intelligence laboratory and author of the influential books “The Society of Mind” and “The Emotion Machine,” Minsky is widely credited as one of the fathers of artificial intelligence whose influence extended to the varied fields of optics, computer languages, robotics and psychology. “Marvin Minsky helped create the vision of artificial intelligence as we know it today,” Daniela Rus, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, said in a statement. “The challenges he defined are still…

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