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 Laurence on Tue 25th Oct 2011 16:31 UTC in reply to "Window"
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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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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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by BlueofRainbow on Wed 26th Oct 2011 04:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Window"
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Fascinating, and also a bit sad, to note only 9 comments nearly 12 hours since the posting of the news. The posting about the passing of Steve Jobs was approaching the 100 comments after that much time(if I remember well).

Then again, many of us got a refresh of who was Steve Jobs and what he did through the extensive media coverage of the Apple showcases of new products.

Neither Denis Richie nor John McCarthy had this much exposure in the general public. For many, they were names of pioneers encountered whenever starting to learn C or LISP.

LISP and all those parentheses:

->(setq sunset-of-this-era (passing-of-pioneers (October 2011)))
("Steve Jobs" "Denis Richie" "John McCarthy" "Many Others")

->(setq dawn-of-next-era (time-warp-one-generation-ahead (October 2011)))

We do not know yet who will be revered to the same extent one generation from now!

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