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John McCarthy — Father of AI and Lisp — Dies at 84 | Wired Enterprise |

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/10/25

So far, this month 3 important people in the computing industrie passed away.

Earler this month, Steve Jobs, and Dennis Ritchie.

Today John McArthy, aged 84, father of AI (he coined the term “Artificial Intelligence”) and LISP (in 1958, and still a very important language; I remember playing with muLISP and muMath in the 80s, modern languages like Scheme and Haskell were greatly influenced by it).

He got the fifth Turing Award in 1971, and kept being very active in the field of AI.

He was very versatile (read his views on sustainability) and some things were far ahead of its time (in 1961 he understood how important Time Sharing was, now look at Cloud Comuting 50 years later!).

Wired published a nice IM.


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