Minsky, early explorer of AI future, dies at 88

This week, MIT and countless students and protégés in the fields of computer science, cognition and robotics said farewell to Marvin Minsky. But they also gained the opportunity to look back at the immeasurable contributions of the renowned researcher and educator.Minsky helped lay the foundation for artificial intelligence when computing itself was in its infancy — work that helped shape the business and social networks we use today. Business and IT leaders, too, whether they know it or not, are part of his legacy. Minsky, a longtime MIT professor who co-founded what is now the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, died Sunday in Boston of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88. “He changed the way we think about thinking,” said Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at MIT Sloan School…

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