Marvin Minsky, a founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Project, which later became known as the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has died. Minsky was 88.
An MIT spokesperson confirmed the news. Minsky died yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage, the New York Times reported.
Minsky was one of the first researchers to work on artificial neural networks, a key technology in the modern field of deep learning, in which companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are all very active. Companies train these neural networks on lots of data — such as photos — and then get them to make inferences about new data.
Minsky was born in New York on August 9, 1927.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht
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