The Pioneers of AI: Marvin Minsky and the SNARC

Zahid Parvez
2 min readJan 25, 2023

In 1951, Marvin Minsky and Dean Edmonds, supported by John von Neumann, built the very first neural network computer, the computer was known as SNARC.

The Stochastic Neural Analog Reinforcement Calculator (SNARC) embodied a type of neural network that is designed to learn from experience and improve its performance through a process of trial and error (similar to reinforcement learning).

This machine was well suited for problems that involved sequential decision-making and made use of prior experience, for example —…

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Zahid Parvez

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