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computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it's
doing; but most of the time, we aren't either."
Dr. Marvin Minsky, born Aug.
9, 1927, in New York City; died January 24, 2016,
age 88. Some
of his achievements and accolades:
Harvard University (1949), and Ph.D., Princeton University (1954), both
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Professor Emeritus of
Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; co-founder
of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now known as the Computer
and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory); founding member of the MIT
Media Lab; A.
M. Turing Award in computer science
(1969); coauthor (with Seymour Papert) of The Society of Mind, which posited that
there is no real
difference between human and artificial reasoning.
is what distinguishes intelligence. No bird discovers how to fly: evolution used
a trillion bird-years to 'discover' that—where merely hundreds of
obotic hands with tactile
the first randomly wired neural network learning machine (the Snarc),
and the first confocal scanning microscope, still in use in the biological
sciences. He wrote
on "telepresence," and how
remotely controlled tools would improve working conditions, for Omni in
Minsky built some of the first visual scanners and r
My favorite quote is
about 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick consulted with Dr. Minsky: "Probably,
HAL made the right decision. Those astronauts did not seem well
such an important expedition."
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