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The fathers of Artificial Intelligence


The beginning of the artificial intelligence community
Marvin Minsky Scientist
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'56, that was when I was still a junior Fellow, so there was the… McCarthy organized this meeting on Artificial Intelligence which took place at Dartmouth; he got funding from somewhere, and that’s when we first met Newell and Simon and Selfridge and Solomonoff, and everyone we could find who was working on early Artificial Intelligence. So that was quite an important meeting, in the sense that it created a community that hadn’t existed before and... for example, I… having met Newell and Simon, I... who were partly… working part time at RAND, I started to visit RAND, mostly in the summers, and talking to them and other… so that was another area that had a lot of computer pioneers in sort of one building.

Marvin Minsky (1927-2016) was one of the pioneers of the field of Artificial Intelligence, founding the MIT AI lab in 1970. He also made many contributions to the fields of mathematics, cognitive psychology, robotics, optics and computational linguistics. Since the 1950s, he had been attempting 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'.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: 1956, Dartmouth College, RAND Corporation, John McCarthy, Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, Oliver Selfridge, Ray Solomonoff

Duration: 1 minute, 17 seconds

Date story recorded: 29-31 Jan 2011

Date story went live: 09 May 2011