Marvin Minsky, artificial intelligence pioneer, RIP


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Another luminary of humanity extinguished. The world grows dimmer for a time.

To scattered futures go your thoughts
With all the dreams their agents brought


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MIT has denied any knowledge of why all the world’s telephones inexplicably rang at the same time shortly after Minsky’s passing.


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Did they freeze his brain?


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I dunno, man, I’m starting to think artificial intelligence is not our friend. So far, all it’s given us is job losses and improved surveillance. Where’s my utopia?


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What did you do to build it?

We won’t have what we won’t make ourselves. Not a good idea to wait for corporate handouts with strings attached all the way to The Cloud.


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A lot of biologists probably don’t realize that besides his work on artificial intelligence, Minsky invented the confocal microscope, which is a major tool in many parts of biology today.


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Back in the day, when the Internet was still cool ™, I was scanning the message titles in talk.origin. And there was Marvin Minsky replying to a question, clarifying a point.

A mensch, by all appearances.


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Aw, man. I still haven’t fixed up my semi-working* MUSE.

* well it was, once.

@popobawa4u - I’m gonna hafta road-trip this to you this spring. Which is what I said last year, didn’t I…


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I gave hearts to those with good ideas, and flags to those without.

##Mission Accomplished


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In the world where “problems” with videogame arses get over fifty times more reactions than the post how to force a surveillance-related referendum, it’s no wonder the bottom of the handbasket is getting warm so fast.


Why do some subjects get more of a reaction than others?
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