Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky in a lab at M.I.T. in 1968.
Marvin Minsky in a lab at M.I.T. in 1968.

Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston. He was 88.

Well before the advent of the microprocessor and the supercomputer, Professor Minsky, a revered computer science educator at M.I.T., laid the foundation for the field of artificial intelligence by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.

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