Marvin Minsky, 1927-2016

Marvin Minsky, the pioneer of the field of Artificial Intelligence, seen at his home in 2015. He died Sunday at the age of 88. Photo by Joel AchenbachMarvin Minsky, a legendary cognitive scientist who pioneered the field of artificial intelligence, died Sunday at the age of 88. His death was announced by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab, who distributed an email to his colleagues: With great great sadness, I have to report that Marvin Minsky died last night. The world has lost one of its greatest minds in science. As a founding faculty member of the Media Lab he brought equal measures of humour and deep thinking, always seeing the world differently. He taught us that the difficult is often easy, but the easy can be really…

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