Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 12:50 UTC, submitted by JAlexoid
General Development The news already hit HackerNews late last night, but at that time there was no confirmation so I decided to wait until we knew for sure. Well, after Dennis Ritchie and Steve Jobs, the technology world lost another great mind yesterday. Stanford has confirmed that John McCarthy, the creator of LISP and the father of artificial intelligence, has passed away, age 84.
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by agentj on Tue 25th Oct 2011 14:57 UTC
agentj
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2005-08-19

Lots of people die every day. It's just that we live in a time window in which the pioneers of computer sience die.

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by Laurence on Tue 25th Oct 2011 16:31 in reply to "Window"
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2007-03-26

Lots of people die every day. It's just that we live in a time window in which the pioneers of computer sience die.

While true, that doesn't mean we shouldn't commemorate them with a little tribute acknowledging their achievements.

People like John McCarthy and Denis Richie shaped the computing landscape with technology we now take for granted. So I think the least an IT news site such as this one can do is offer up an article on their passing.

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by lord_rob on Tue 25th Oct 2011 19:36 in reply to "RE: Window"
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2005-08-06

Sure, why should we cry for Steve Jobs and not have a bit of respect for the man who invented the first functionnal programming language, and then invented the garbage collector system, a technology which is still used a lot, in Java for example.
Note that I don't want to bash Apple when saying that. I just mean that this guy needs a lot of respect for what he contributed to modern computing.

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