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Two AI Pioneers, Two Bizarre Suicides

BotnetZombie (1174935) writes | more than 6 years ago

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BotnetZombie (1174935) writes "In a recent article, Wired tells the quite sad but very interesting stories of Chris McKinstry and Pushpinder Singh. Initially self educated, both had the idea to create huge fact databases that AI agents could feed off, hoping to eventually have something that could reason at a human level or better. McKinstry leveraged the dotcom era to grow his database, while Singh had the backing of MIT, where he eventually got his PhD and had been offered a position as a professor alongside his mentor, Marvin Minsky. Sadly, personal life was more troublesome for them and so the story ends in a tragic way.

To editors — I had a difficult time categorizing the story, feel free to do it differently."

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