"Kubrick's vision seemed to be that humans are doomed, whereas Clarke's is that humans are moving on to a better stage of evolution."
"Bad things do happen how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself."Marvin Minsky on Walter Anderson
"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."Marvin Minsky on Johnny Cash
"Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy."Marvin Minsky on Sai Baba
"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."Marvin Minsky on Denis Waitley
"Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future."Marvin Minsky on Lewis B. Smedes
"Societies need rules that make no sense for individuals. For example, it makes no difference whether a single car drives on the left or on the right. But it makes all the difference when there are many cars!"
"There was a failure to recognize the deep problems in AI for instance, those captured in Blocks World. The people building physical robots learned nothing."
"When David Marr at MIT moved into computer vision, he generated a lot of excitement, but he hit up against the problem of knowledge representation he had no good representations for knowledge in his vision systems."
"I think Lenat is headed in the right direction, but someone needs to include a knowledge base about learning."
"We wanted to solve robot problems and needed some vision, action, reasoning, planning, and so forth. We even used some structural learning, such as was being explored by Patrick Winston."