I was dismayed to see this article in today's Boston Globe, MIT Scientist listed as Critical after Brain Surgery in Hanoi. Seymour Papert was run into by a speeding motorbike as he crossed the street in Hanoi and underwent brain surgery last night. My thoughts and best wishes for a miraculous recovery are with Seymour and his family.
Seymour is the father of customer-led innovation in early childhood education. He is a pioneer in applied Artificial Intelligence. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Papert and his team of grad students at MIT invented the LOGO programming language for kids to use and the first child-powered robots--the forerunners of the LEGO Mindstorms product.
Our prayers are with Seymour and his family!