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Seymour A. Papert

The late Seymour A. Papert was a Professor in MIT’s AI Lab (1960–1980s) and MIT’s Media Lab (1985–2000) and the author of Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas.

Titles by This Author

An Introduction to Computational Geometry

In 1969, ten years after the discovery of the perceptron—which showed that a machine could be taught to perform certain tasks using examples—Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert published Perceptrons, their analysis of the computational capabilities of perceptrons for specific tasks. As Léon Bottou writes in his foreword to this edition, “Their rigorous work and brilliant technique does not make the perceptron look very good.” Perhaps as a result, research turned away from the perceptron.

An Introduction to Computational Geometry

Perceptrons—the first systematic study of parallelism in computation—has remained a classical work on threshold automata networks for nearly two decades. It marked a historical turn in artificial intelligence, and it is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the connectionist counterrevolution that is going on today.