John McCarthy, the creator of the Lisp programming language and a pioneer in artificial intelligence, has died. He was 84.
McCarthy died yesterday, Stanford University's School of Engineering announced in a tweet today. McCarthy invented Lisp, a program that became the language of choice for AI, in 1958 while at MIT and published its design in the 1960 paper Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine, Part I. One of the oldest high-level programming languages (second only to Fortran), Lisp is still in use today.
McCarthy said he felt there were aspects of human intelligence that … Read more