Minsky was interested in artificial intelligence. He built the Snarc – one of the 1st electronic learning machines. He was co-founder and director of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab 1959. He has worked at MIT since 1957. He established General Turtle Inc. and Thinking Machines Corporation. According to Feigenbaum and Feldman, “Minsky’s work has been integral to the establishment of…artificial intelligence…the mathematical theory of computation…robotics, computer vision, and telepresence” (Current Biography). He was interested in the principle of artificial intelligence in which computers mimic psychological processes. Minsky wrote The Society of Mind.
A detailed page on him appears in Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Minsky
An oral history interview with him was conducted in 1989 by the Babbage Institute; details about it are at: http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/107503
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence: President (1981-1982)
Association for Computing Machinery: Turing Award (1970)