Marvin Minsky

Communications of the ACM

Marvin Minsky, an American scientist working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) who co-founded vthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AI laboratory, wrote several books on AI and philosophy, and was honored with the ACM A.M. Turing Award, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at the age of 88. Born in New York City, Minsky attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the Bronx High School of Science, and Phillips Academy, before entering the U.S. Navy in 1944. After leaving the service, he attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1950. He then went to Princeton University, where he built the first randomly wired neural network learning machine, the Stochastic Neural Analog Reinforcement Calculator (SNARC), before earning his Ph.D in mathematics there in 1954. Doctorate in hand, Minsky was admitted to the group of Junior Fellows at Harvard, where he invented the confocal scanning microscope for thick, light-scattering specimens, decades in advance of the lasers and computer power needed to make it useful; today, it is in wide use in the biological sciences.

When One Parent Is a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and the Other Is a Stay-at-Home Mom


To nominate a potential subject ideally between the ages of 5 and 17, email Kaden Hyatt is 13 years old and in the seventh grade. He lives in San Francisco with his dad, Nabeel Hyatt, a tech venture capitalist at Spark Capital, and his mom, Megan Hyatt, who is currently a stay-at-home mom. Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with your parents? My dad is a venture capitalist and my mom just takes care of us, so my mom generally picks us up from school and drives us around, and my dad is generally home at night three out of five weekdays.

Big Data and The Great A.I. Awakening. Interview with Steve Lohr


My last interview for this year is with Steve Lohr. Steve Lohr has covered technology, business, and economics for the New York Times for more than twenty years. In 2013 he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. We discussed Big Data and how it influences the new Artificial Intelligence awakening. Steve Lohr: Both Google and Microsoft are contributing their tools to expand and enlarge the AI community, which is good for the world and good for their businesses.


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The Twenty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-10) and the Twenty-Second Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-10) will be held in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, July 11-15, 2010. The AAAI Conference will turn 25 in San Francisco in 2011. You won't want to miss this milestone event. The preliminary list of invited speakers for IJCAI-09 is now available at the conference website and includes Cristina Conati (University of British Columbia), Tom Dietterich (Oregon State University), Luc Steels (Free University of Brussels), Hal Varian (Google and University of California, Berkeley), Gerhard Widmer (Johannes Kepler University), Qiang Yang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). Award lectures will also be presented by the winners of the 2009 IJCAI Award for Research Excellence, Victor Lesser (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and the 2009 IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, Carlos Guestrin (Carnegie Mellon University and Andrew Ng (Stanford University).