artificial intelligence

No. 388: On Broadway, Barbie’s BFF and best workforce investments (mentoring, also aces for at-risk kids)

  Welcome to Wednesday: You’re halfway home, dear reader, as we hurdle the hump of another busy workweek. It’s March 13 out there, which of course makes it National Elephant Day in Thailand, marking the 1998 addition of the white elephant to that nation’s flag. (Note: Not to be confused with World Elephant Day, held in August.) Hello, dolly: Today is also Ken Day, celebrating the 1961 debut of Ken Carson – yes, Barbie’s plastic…


SBU’s artificial intelligence director is the real deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Scholar and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science will head up Stony Brook University’s new Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation. Steven Skiena, a computational biologist (among other talents) in his 30th year as a member of the SBU faculty, will direct the artificial intelligence-focused program, part of the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. The institute will be the center point for myriad Stony Brook-based…


Marvin Minsky and the future of the workplace

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence whose work helped create the personal computer and the Internet, died in Boston over the weekend at the age of 88. The son of a noted NYC ophthalmologist, Minsky attended a string of private science and prep schools, then Harvard and Princeton, before settling in as a professor at MIT. There, with colleague John McCarthy, Minsky founded the school’s Artificial Intelligence…