Born in 1927, Marvin Minsky is one of the pioneers of the field of Artificial Intelligence, founding the MIT AI lab in 1970. He has also made many contributions to the fields of mathematics, cognitive psychology, robotics, optics and computational linguistics. Since the 1950s, he has attempted to define and explain human cognition, the ideas of which can be found in his two books, The Emotion Machine and The Society of Mind. His many inventions include the first confocal scanning microscope, the first neural network simulator (SNARC) and the first LOGO 'turtle'.
I don’t think it mattered because almost everyone was Jewish. Having lived in New York, it was… no, it was never significant; I don’t remember ever being in a… an environment where there were significant anti-Semitic influences. But I know that my family was always aware of this problem and… I think one of the reasons why they moved me from the High School of Science to Andover was to get into the… out of the Jewish mainstream. 'Cause, there was some concern about that, but it never touched me.
Title: The significance of being Jewish as a child