sad emergence

I read in the newspaper the other day that Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network pioneer Seymor Papert was the victim of a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident in Hanoi last weekend. The irony is that he was in Hanoi for a conference on the teaching math and had just come from a discussion of of the emergent swarming behavior of large groups of individuals… and Hanoi’s traffic is considered one of the best non-biological examples of this phenomena. Papert, along with Marvin Minsky (someday I’ll get back to his The Society of Mind), wrote the seminal work Perceptrons, he is a principal behind the One Laptop Per Child effort,  and he was also one of the foremost minds behind the Lego Mindstorms product concept. Thankfully I read today that he is out of the coma and recognizing family and friends. I hope for a speedy recovery for this remarkable mind.

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2 Responses to sad emergence

  1. shyduroff says:

    zosa – when you write of seymour: Thankfully I read today that he is out of the coma and recognizing family and friends. I hope for a speedy recovery for this remarkable mind. … i wonder where you read that? tnx, – r.

  2. zosa says:

    shyduroff – the wikipedia entry has the comments I made including a link to an updated Boston.com story

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