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The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence John McCarthy died Options
Guillermo
Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 10:03:19 PM

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The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died last night. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph.

McCarthy believed AI should be interactive, allowing for a give and take similar to AI simulators like Eliza and, more recently, Siri. His own labs were run in an open, free-wheeling fashion, encouraging exploration and argument. He won the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in 1972 and the National Medal of Science in 1991.

He was born in 1927 in Boston and taught himself higher math using Caltech textbooks when his family moved to the area, allowing him to take advanced classes when he enrolled as a teenager. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1951.

According to McCarthy’s own articles, he created Lisp in order to create Turing machines in the limited computing environment at his disposal.

In this month of fallen giants, it’s nice to think that McCarthy’s work lives on in the many systems – seen and unseen – that control the way we interact with computers and the Internet.

The information of his passing came first from his daughter through informal channels, and was confirmed by Stanford this afternoon.


Creator Of Lisp, John McCarthy, Dead At 84




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RogerV
Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:01:26 AM
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Steve Jobs, then Dennis Ritchie - co-creator of C and Unix, and now John McCarthy...

Great luminaries of the computer industry that have passed on here in this month of October, 2011.
jim
Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 5:39:54 PM

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Kind of expected that in 2038 instead :)
Guillermo
Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:28:32 PM

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Kind of expected that in 2038 instead :)



I use 64-bit hardware anyway Angel

"We are living in a computer programmed reality."
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