The inaugural Marvin Minsky medal for Oustanding Achievements in AI goes to DeepMind for AlphaGo.
The IJCAI (International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization) is a non-profit organization that organizes international conferences about Artificial Intelligence. It inaugurates the Marvin Minsky medal, a new award for Outstanding Achievements in AI. This medal takes its name from Marvin Minsky (1927-2016) the founder of Artificial Intelligence.
DeepMind, a British enterprise, received this medal thanks to the extraordinary landmarks achieved by AlphaGo in the field of AI. AlphaGo is a system developed by them in order to play a Chinese board game. Before AlphaGo received a medal, it was already famous, though: in March 2016 it played against Lee Sedol, a world champion Go player. The victory of AlphaGo was reported by many headlines because AI defeated the champion without any external intrusion. Even this year, AlphaGo participated in the Future of Go Summit which took place in China, from the 23rd to the 27th of May.
Minsky Medal has been instituted to recognize the outstanding achievements in the field of Artificial Intelligence.