What Marvin Minsky Still Means for AI

Marvin Minsky, a pioneering mathematician, cognitive scientist, and computer engineer, and a father of the field of artificial intelligence, passed away at his home on Sunday at age 88.Minsky was a uniquely brilliant, creative, and charismatic person, and his intellect and imagination shone through in his work. His ideas helped shape the computer revolution that has transformed modern life over the past few decades, and they can still be felt in modern efforts to build intelligent machines—one of the most exciting and important endeavors of our age. Minsky grew up in New York City, and he attended Harvard, where his curiosity led him to study an eclectic range of subjects, including mathematics, biology, and music. He then completed a PhD in the prestigious mathematics program at Princeton, where he mingled…

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