If you’re anything like me, you know that deep learning isn’t a new concept, that it has its roots many decades ago. You’re probably familiar with the name Marvin Minsky, and you know that today’s breakthroughs rely on these theoretical breakthroughs from the past. This article fills in the gaps, giving you a primer on the history of what may be the most important technology of our time. And it’s only a six-minute read. Do yourself a favor: read it.