What are some of Marvin Minsky's greatest contributions to the field of artificial intelligence?

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Marvin Minsky was a founding father of artificial intelligence. He began working on artificial intelligence as early as the 1950s and he authored several books on intelligence and machine learning. Notable among them was his publication Perceptrons, which provided the foundation for his concept of artificial neural networks. He eventually went on to build the first randomly wired neural network learning machine in 1951.

According to an article in the Popular Science publication (referenced), his concept of artificial neural networks formed the basis of the larger and more complex neural networks which Google and Facebook use on their platforms today.

It is thought that artificial intelligence may be one of the most society-changing innovations in the 21st century, in much the same way that computers have arguably become the most lifestyle changing invention in our lives today.

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