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Alumni Hall of Fame
Marvin Minsky '45

Considered the father of Artificial Intelligence, Marvin Minsky was a mathematician and computer scientist. Minsky’s work focused on viewing the brain as a machine who functioning needed to be studied and then replicated in a computer. He believed that would help us to better understand the brain as well as lead to higher-level mental functions. He explored how to give machines human-like perception and intelligence. He developed robotic hands to manipulate objects but he was equally focused on the philosophical questions that artificial intelligence raised. Among his other discoveries, Minsky’s developed the first cursor in the LOGO programming language. Minsky received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He spent his entire career on the faculty at MIT where he also founded the MIT Media Lab. He was awarded the Turing Award in 1969.



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