Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Marvin Minsky
Born: August 9, 1927 in New York City, USA
Computer related contributions
- American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the author of several texts on AI and philosophy.
- Co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory.
- Isaac Asimov described Minsky as one of only two people he would admit were more intelligent than he was, the other being Carl Sagan.
- Wrote the book Perceptrons (with Seymour Papert), which became the foundational work in the analysis of artificial neural networks.
- An adviser on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and is referred to in the movie and book.
- Inventions include the first head-mounted graphical display (1963) and the confocal microscope (1957, a predecessor to today's widely used confocal laser scanning microscope).
- The Emotion Machine, Simon and Schuster (2006)
- The Society of Mind, Simon and Schuster (1987)
- Communication with Alien Intelligence, (1985)
- Perceptrons, with Seymour Papert, MIT Press (1969)
Honors and awards
- Turing Award (1969)
- Japan Prize (1990)
- IJCAI Award for Research Excellence (1991)
- Benjamin Franklin Medal (2001)
"You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way"
"In general, we are least aware of what our minds do best"