Sad news. In my teens I read The Turing Option - light sci fi book about the transition between humanity and AI - and it greatly influenced me.
May he rest in peace and watch us from above, while we are hopefully not fucking this up and destroy ourselves with artificial intelligence…
RIP. I very much enjoyed reading Society of Mind many years ago, and I think many of the ideas presented are still quite untapped and may play out in AI systems of the future.
For those who may be interested, I should mention there was a recent interview with Minsky in MIT Technology Review (October 2015).