Immortality is possible according to American scientist Marvin Minsky (NY 1927).
He studied in Harvard and Princeton and invented, among other things, the first neural network simulator capable of learning.
“The basic idea in case-based, or CBR, is that the program has stored problems and solutions. Then, when a new problem comes up, the program tries to find a similar problem in its database by finding analogous aspects between the problems.”
In 1959, Marvin Minsky and John McCarthy founded in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a laboratory of artificial intelligence.
Once, Isaac Asimov said that Minsky was one of the two most intelligent people he had ever met (the other was Carl Sagan).
Now, he has been rewarded with the prize ‘Fronteras del Conocimiento’ BBVA in Spain.
With this motive, in an interview to XLSemanal, Marvin Minsky says that he believes in immortality, because we’ll make copies of our brains, maybe in a laboratory or maybe we’ll download our thoughts and personality in a computer.
No doubt, he is a controversial person and knows that people are usually angry with his theories. He doesn’t care. He believes that if a view causes anger, it is because you are going to study it, and this is always good.
“If you just have a single problem to solve, then fine, go ahead and use a neural network. But if you want to do science and understand how to choose architectures, or how to go to a new problem, you have to understand what different architectures can and cannot do.”
Anyway, he is a genius, one of the most important living scientist. Everyone desires immortality, and he gives us new hope.
“There are three basic approaches to AI: Case-based, rule-based, and connectionist reasoning.”
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Video: A Conversation with Marvin Minsky.