Interview about Minsky's new book
Computer science professor Marvin Minsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is known for feats that range from inventing the ultrahigh-resolution confocal microscope to helping found the field of artificial intelligence, which aims to create computers that mimic the human mind.
After 20 years of publishing silence, he has just come out with a new book. Called "The Emotion Machine," it argues that, contrary to popular conception, emotions aren't distinct from rational thought; rather, they are simply another way of thinking, one that computers could perform. He spoke with Globe reporter Carey Goldberg.