Marvin Minsky (1927-2016) was one of the pioneers of the field of Artificial Intelligence, founding the MIT AI lab in 1970. He also made many contributions to the fields of mathematics, cognitive psychology, robotics, optics and computational linguistics. Since the 1950s, he had been attempting to define and explain human cognition, the ideas of which can be found in his two books, The Emotion Machine and The Society of Mind. His many inventions include the first confocal scanning microscope, the first neural network simulator (SNARC) and the first LOGO 'turtle'.
One of my favorite videos by him is: Making the most useless machine
Born in 1938, American computing pioneer Donald Knuth is known for his greatly influential multi-volume work, The Art of Computer Programming, his novel Surreal Numbers, his invention of TeX and METAFONT electronic publishing tools and his quirky sense of humor.
Here's one of my favorite videos of his: My Advice to young people.
I love Knuth's notion of thinking for the long term and independently of others. If something is important to you, there's a better chance that you'll do good work in it and that it actually is important in general.
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The sheer curiosity that Feynman and the clarity of understanding that Feynman has is so incredibly infectious. He loves learning and tinkering around with things purely for the sake of curiosity. What an inspirational person!