"We will always remember and build upon Professor Marvin Minsky's wisdom. He is our inspiration for the better, equal healthcare for all."

—Renata Bushko

Marvin Minsky

August 9, 1927 — January 24, 2016

Professor Marvin Minsky is one of the founders of the field of Artificial Intelligence and one of the greatest scientists and thinkers on our times – a symbol of creativity and innovation. He was a great mentor to many students. Marvin Minsky has made many contributions to AI, cognitive psychology, mathematics, computational linguistics, robotics, and optics. In recent years he has worked chiefly on imparting to machines the human capacity for commonsense reasoning. His conception of human intellectual structure and function is presented in The Society of Mind which is also the title of the course at MIT.

We are grateful for his participation in Future of Health Technology Summits since 1996 and his commitment to look for breakthrough technologies improving health. He is the first recipient of the FHTI Future of Health Technology Award in 1998. At FHTI’s 20th Future of Health Technology Summit we will remember, honor and build upon his scientific work. He will be greatly missed.