Marvin Minsky on Making the ‘Most Stupid Machine of All’

On Sunday, mathematician, computer scientist and the father of artificial intelligence Marvin Minsky passed away, claimed by a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 88. Minsky will be remembered as a lot of things, but whether it is as the philosopher-scientist who was so captivated by the nature of the human mind during his student days as Harvard, or the piano virtuoso capable of improvising fugues, few things so beautifully capture the essence of Minsky’s creativity and scientific curiosity as his useless machines. In this video, Minsky recalls how he came up with the idea for the “ultimate machine” while doing graduate work at Bell Labs in 1952. This machine was contained in a box with a switch on top of the box. When the switch was moved to…

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