Marvin Minsky

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"Marvin Minsky served on the Alcor Scientific Advisory Board for many years until he passed away in January 2016.

"Marvin Minsky made many contributions to AI, cognitive psychology, mathematics, computational linguistics, robotics, and optics. In his later years he worked chiefly on imparting to machines the human capacity for common-sense reasoning. His conception of human intellectual structure and function is presented in The Society of Mind (1987), which is also the title of the course he taught at MIT.

"He received a B.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics at Harvard and Princeton. In 1951 he built the SNARC, the first neural network simulator. His other inventions included mechanical hands and other robotic devices, the confocal scanning microscope, the "Muse" synthesizer for musical variations (with E. Fredkin), and the first LOGO "turtle" (with S. Papert).

"A member of the NAS, NAE and Argentine NAS, he received the ACM Turing Award, the MIT Killian Award, the Japan Prize, the IJCAI Research Excellence Award, and the Rank Prize.

"Among Dr. Minsky's publications are Afterword to True Names, Alien Intelligence, Alienable Rights, Causal Diversity, Inventing the Confocal Microscope, Jokes and Cognition, Matter, Mind and Models, Music, Mind, and Meaning, Music Interview with Otto Laske, Negative Expertise, Perceptrons : Introduction to Computational Geometry, Semantic Information Processing, The Turing Option, More Turing Option chapters, Why People Think Computers Can't, and Will Robots Inherit the Earth."[1]

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  1. Alcor Life Extension Foundation [ Alcor Scientific Advisory Board], organizational web page, accessed November 16, 2019.
  2. Extropy Institute Directors, organizational web page, accessed November 16, 2019.