Tuesday, 4 November 2008

John McCarthy - Computer Chess, Artificial Intelligence & Drosophila

“Chess is the Drosophila of artificial intelligence. However, computer chess has developed much as genetics might have if the geneticists had concentrated their efforts starting in 1910 on breeding racing Drosophila. We would have some science, but mainly we would have very fast fruit flies.”
John McCarthy (Computer Scientist, currently Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University)

John McCarthy (1927 -), pictured here with mainframe computer and chess set, was responsible for the coining of the term "Artificial Intelligence" in his 1955 proposal for the 1956 Dartmouth Conference. He also invented the Lisp programming language.

Links:
Prof John McCarthy website (Stanford University)
Dartmouth Conferences (Wikipedia)
Lisp programming language (Wikipedia)
Previous posting on Drosophila and AI


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