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Artificial intelligence pioneer, Marvin Minsky passed away

“Marvin Minsky was visiting the OLPC offices and picked up a Firefox wrist band.” by Bcjordan and licensed CC BY 3.0

Matt Mullenweg posted that Professor Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence research, passed away this last Sunday. I hadn’t heard of Professor Minsky before I read Mullenweg’s post but I read Glenn Rifkin’s article about him, titled “Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88” in the New York Times and I’m glad I did.

There are so many people who have helped shape our lives in profound ways who we don’t usually encounter or even hear about because the world can be that big and our worlds can be that small. I enjoy taking a little time to expand my world a little by reading a little about the people who helped create it.

Take a few minutes to expand yours.


Mark Zuckerberg is building a “Jarvis” personal AI

I love this and I am looking forward to seeing whether Mark Zuckerberg can build something like “Jarvis” from Iron Man; a personal AI.

I think this is going to happen in the near future and I’m looking forward to being able to talk to my home using natural language and have it do stuff for me and give me information.

We already have devices like Amazon’s Echo, Google Now and lesser services like Siri (really not that smart but the potential is there). If you start introducing really smart systems like IBM’s Watson, I think there is potential for something amazing.

Unless we create SkyNet in the process. Which would be bad.

Source: Fortune Magazine

Photo credit: Encuentro con el Sr. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO de Facebook. by Presidencia de la República Mexicana, licensed CC BY 2.0