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Trailblazer of “Artificial Intelligence” passed away

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Marvin Minsky, a mathematician, computer scientist and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) died due to cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88.

Portrait Of Marvin MinskyAbout Marvin Minsky:
1927 born Marvin Lee Minsky was an American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), who held a degree of BA in mathematics from Harvard (1950) and a PhD in mathematics from Princeton (1954).

  • From 1944-1945 he served in the US Navy.
  • In 1959 he and John McCarthy (who is credited with coining the term “artificial intelligence”) founded the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
  • At the time of his death, he was the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Awards:

  • In 2014, Minsky won the Dan David Prize in the field of “Artificial Intelligence”.
  • In 2013, He was conferred with BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category.
  • In 2011, Minsky was inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems AI’s Hall of Fame for the significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems.
  • In 2006, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum for co-founding the field of artificial intelligence.

Books:
1958 – The Society of Mind
2006 – The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind

What is AI?
Artificial intelligence is the branch of computer science concerned with making computers behave like humans viz. visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages.

  • Currently, there is no computer to exhibit full artificial intelligence except in the field of games playing.