Marvin Minsky dies at 88; pioneer in artificial intelligence

Marvin Minsky, considered a father of the field of artificial intelligence, who sought parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers, died Sunday in Boston.The MIT emeritus professor was 88. The cause was cerebral hemorrhage. Minsky wrote some of the earliest and most influential papers on artificial intelligence and robotics; he viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be replicated in a computer and he explored how machines might be endowed with common sense.He was known for thinking big and for relishing maverick ideas. He seemed to view the work as fun. He had a “devilish, jovial, delighted grin,” said Tom Mitchell, professor of machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University. “He delighted in messing up what you were thinking about.”From his earliest days in the field,…

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