Marvin Minsky

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Received by the IRE, October 24, 1960. The author’s work summarized here—which was done at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a center for research operated by MIT at Lexington, Mass., with the joint Support of the U. S. Army, Navy, and Air Force under Air Force Contract AF 19(604)-5200; and at the Res. Lab. of Electronics, MIT, Cambridge, Mass., which is(More)
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By a simple direct construction it is shown that computations done by Turing machines can be duplicated by a very simple symbol manipulation process. The process is described by a simple form of Post canonical system with some very strong restrictions. This system is <italic>monogenic</italic>: each formula (string of symbols) of the system can be affected(More)
This paper tries to deal with all these at once. When you get an idea and want to “remember” it, you create a “K-line” for it. When later activated, the K-line induces a partial mental state resembling the one that created it. A “partial mental state” is a subset of those mental agencies operating at one moment. This view leads to many ideas about the(More)
12 AI MAGAZINE ■ The 1956 Dartmouth summer research project on artificial intelligence was initiated by this August 31, 1955 proposal, authored by John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Nathaniel Rochester, and Claude Shannon. The original typescript consisted of 17 pages plus a title page. Copies of the typescript are housed in the archives at Dartmouth College and(More)
When is a set <italic>A</italic> of positive integers, represented as binary numbers, &#8220;regular&#8221; in the sense that it is a set of sequences that can be recognized by a finite-state machine? Let &#960; <subscrpt><italic>A</italic></subscrpt>(<italic>n</italic>) be the number of members of <italic>A</italic> less than the integer(More)
ions that all ordinary people possess; computers haven’t exhibited much ability in these areas, yet 6 THE AI MAGAZINE Fall 1982 when you stop at dumbbell thcorics then, most likely, you have only one idea instead of two: Whatever-it-is-~ ~Everything else. The trouble with one-part theories is that they don’t lead anywhere, because they can’t support enough(More)