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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.

Read more at the New York Times.

Don’t Fear The Internet Video Series

dfti-960Don’t Fear The Internet is a video series designed to introduce you to the basics of the internet and website programming.

Video #1 is at the bottom of the page – they are listed in order of release date rather than the order you should probably view them.

This video series was created by designer/typographer Jessica Hische and her web developer husband Russ Maschmeyer who are both well respected in their fields of expertise.

Highly recommended for quality of content and correctness of coding practices 🙂

 

How Do Robots ‘See’ the World?

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 5.39.40 PMThe world has gone mad for robots with articles talking almost every day about the coming of the robot revolution. But is all the hype, excitement and sometimes fear justified? Is the robot revolution really coming?

The answer is probably that in some areas of our lives we will see more robots soon. But realistically, we are not going to see dozens of robots out and about in our streets or wandering around our offices in the very near future.

This article on The Conversation explores the feasibility of robotics in several fields.

Computer Science Field Guide

sys-uc-logoThe Computer Science Field Guide is an online interactive resource for high school students learning about computer science, developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and funded by Google.

We’ll be using this as a first point of reference as it was developed here in New Zealand specifically for the purpose of Digital Technology classes like ours.