Marvin Minsky, Artificial Intelligence Pioneer, Has Died

Marvin Minksy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and one of the first people to begin imparting common-sense reasoning to computers, died on Sunday at the age of 88. A true innovator of the now-booming industry, he’s described as “one of the very few people in computing whose visions and perspectives liberated the computer from being a glorified adding machine to start to realize its destiny as one of the most powerful amplifiers for human endeavors in history” by Alan Kay, a computer scientist and a friend of Minsky’s. There’s no doubt his contributions to AI will be felt for decades to come.