Minsky explored how to equip the machines of perception and intelligence human, created robotic hands with the ability to manipulate objects, developed new programming frameworks and wrote extensively on philosophical issues related to artificial intelligence.
The American scientist Marvin Misky, pioneer of artificial intelligence, died at the beginning of 2016, at age 88, in a hospital in Boston (USA) because of a cerebral hemorrhage, reported the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , where he was professor emeritus.
Minsky, born in New York in 1927, received numerous international awards for his pioneering work and role as a mentor in the field of artificial intelligence, including the Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, in 1969, awarded by the Association for Computational Machinery (ACM).
‘The society of the Mind’ and the structure and brain function
“He was the most important expert in the theory of artificial intelligence and his book ‘The Society of Mind’ is considered a ‘transcendent’ exploration of brain structure and function,” says MIT.
The scientist joined the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT in 1958 and was one of the founders of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory one year later.
Work on the right problems
Minsky was convinced that the man would one day develop machines that will compete with his intelligence, although in recent years he warned that “how long it takes will depend on how many people are working on the right problems.”
The scientist published his last book in 2006, under the title “The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind,” (“The Machine of Emotions: Common Sense Thought, Artificial Intelligence, and Future of the Human Mind “).
Music, psychology and the mind
Misnky entered Harvard University after returning from fighting with the United States Navy in World War II.
After graduating from the prestigious university, located like the MIT in Cambridge (Massachusetts), he joined Princeton University (New Jersey), where he obtained his doctorate in mathematics four years later.
In his first year at Princeton, he built his first neural simulation network.
In addition to his recognition in the field of artificial intelligence, Misky was a talented pianist and published in 1981 an influential article that illuminated the connections between music, psychology and the mind.