Marvin Minsky

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Marvin Minsky in 2008 [1]

Marvin Lee Minsky, (August 9, 1927 - January 24, 2016 [2])
was an American mathematician, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Along with John McCarthy, he co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AI laboratory. In 1951, Minsky built the first randomly wired neural network learning machine, SNARC, and in 1969, along with Seymour Papert authored Perceptrons, which became the foundational work in the analysis of artificial neural networks [3], also refered as the abandonment of connectionism, a controversy in the history of AI concerning the Perceptron and its main researcher Frank Rosenblatt [4].

HAL 9000

Minsky and Jack Good were adviser of the 1968 Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey, concerning Self-replicating machine and HAL 9000, the Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, and were referred to both in the movie and the book [5] [6].

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