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Marvin Minsky, pioneer of artificial intelligence, dies

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/26/2016
Marvin Minsky: FILE - In this July 14, 1987, file photo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Marvin Minsky, speaks to the audience during a panel discussion whose topic was, "Artificial Intelligence: Society's Atlas or Achilles," at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. A pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence at MIT who saw parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers has died. The university said Minsky died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston of a cerebral hemorrhage. Minsky was 88.© AP Photo/Robert Kaiser, File FILE - In this July 14, 1987, file photo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Marvin Minsky, speaks to the audience during a panel discussion whose topic was, "Artificial Intelligence: Society's Atlas or Achilles," at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. A pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence at MIT who saw parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers has died. The university said Minsky died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston of a cerebral hemorrhage. Minsky was 88.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who saw parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers has died. Marvin Minsky was 88.

The university says Minsky died Sunday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied, and replicated in a computer and considered how machines might be endowed with common sense.

Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says Minsky "helped create the vision of artificial intelligence as we know it today."

Minsky served in the Navy during World War II, before earning mathematics degrees from Harvard and Princeton. He joined MIT's faculty in 1958.

He's survived by his wife and three children.

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