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MIT professor emeritus Marvin Minsky, who led early research into robotics and artificial intelligence, has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category.
The award from the charitable arm of the giant Spanish bank, BBVA Group, celebrates the contributions that Minsky, 86, has made during his long career teaching and conducting research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he cofounded the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and helped start the MIT Media Lab. The award comes with a $540,000 prize.
Minsky wrote some of the early and most influential studies on artificial intelligence and robotics that helped give birth to the field. He even advised the director Stanley Kubrick on the making of “2001 A Space Odyssey.”