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Marvin Minsky

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Computer Science and Engineering, emeritus

 

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Computer Science and Engineering, emeritus

 

Marvin Minsky
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Computer Science and Engineering, emeritus
Head, Society of Mind Group

Marvin Minsky was the Toshiba professor of media arts and sciences and computer science and engineering emeritus at MIT. Professor Minsky was a pioneer in the field of robotics and telepresence and he designed some of the first visual scanners and mechanical hands with tactile sensors. A philosopher and scientist, he worked in artificial intelligence since the 1950s and his 1961 paper, “Steps Towards Artificial Intelligence” was seminal to the field. Professor Minsky’s recent focus was on imparting human common sense to machines.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Complexity of researching psychological functions and creating “learning machines” to mimic them.
  • Experience of helping to create an entirely new field.
  • Time spent at MIT during the “golden age” of artificial intelligence.
  • Creating MIT’s Media Lab to research emerging technologies.

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