Linked by Alexandru Lazar on Mon 5th Jan 2009 19:13 UTC
General Development In the age of dynamic languages and closures, most of you have probably heard of a mighty dragon called Lisp (which stands for LISt Processing), whose fans look almost with despise at other languages rediscovering it. Invented half a century ago, Lisp went on to become a de facto standard in the world of AI research, and has stood behind a handful of very neat inventions in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the long AI winter and the drift of technology towards other paradigms have almost lead to forgetting Lisp alltogether; IT has only recently started to rediscover parts of what made Lisp so cool back then.
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language with time travel :-p
by Adurbe on Mon 5th Jan 2009 19:17 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

Invented half a decade ago

yet it was used in the 1980s!!! impressive

edit 'the quoted typo has now been ammended'

Edited 2009-01-05 19:37 UTC

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alexandru_lz Member since:
2007-02-11

It wasn't used just in the 1980s, but the most famous achievements of Lisp's date back to the 1980s. Actually, the best stuff Lisp was used for date back in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was THE promoter of many techniques (the most important being garbage collection) that are still used today.

After the 1980s, Lisp was somewhat abandoned because its main field (AI research) was itself all but abandoned.

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ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

yeah who cares about AI when real humans are as dumb as rocks and watch American Idol or Eurovision? ;)

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

AI is not even close to abandoned.

Most of its areas have moved out into fields of their own (data-mining, searching and problem solving, etc)
but AI is a very lively field of study.

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