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'.
He did... he did tell me something about what was happening in the movie. And, I said: 'Oh, that could look like this.' And I drew... just on the back of – literally on the back of an envelope, I think – I drew this... these hands coming out of the module. And they’re exactly the ones he built. So, that was fun. Ohyeah, it was about three days. Then... didn’t see him again for a long time, but Arthur Clarke came over here and as I told you, he stayed with us for a few days.