John McCarthy, father of artificial intelligence, dead at 84

“John McCarthy, a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology and creator of the computer programming language often used in that field, has died. He was 84,” The Associated Press reports.

“Stanford University, where McCarthy was a professor for four decades, announced McCarthy’s death Monday,” AP reports. “The school said he died at his Palo Alto home but did not provide a cause.”

“Tributes to McCarthy flooded into Twitter, where people mourned the loss of another Silicon Valley technology innovator,” AP reports. “Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs and C programming creator and UNIX co-developer Dennis Ritchie died earlier this month.”

AP reports, “McCarthy was a leader in the artificial intelligence field, coining the term in a 1955 research proposal. He said ‘every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it.’ He went on to create the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, serving as its director from 1965 to 1980.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

13 Comments

  1. Hmm! That’s the 3rd one this month. First Jobs, then one of the folks who invented unix, and now the father of artificial intelligence…… 3 of the most impactful people in tech, dead in a single month.

    RIP

  2. Now would be an excellent time for a new generation of talented and brilliant young people to step up in the field of digital technology. Good thing America’s education system just keep churning out best and brightest in math, science, and engineering, thanks to all that surplus education funding and those innovative new teaching methods.

  3. “He said ‘every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it.’”

    So….is that a McCarthy-ism…?

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