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John McCarthy, Pioneer of AI, Dies

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  • A month of profound losses, indeed.

    The contributions of Steve Jobs are well known, even by people who are not interested in computers.
    Dennis Richie's work is well known within the computer industry, and Slashdot is an example of how pervasively influential C and Unix became.

    John McCarthy's contributions might not be as well known; and that would be a shame.

    In 1961, McCarthy suggested that computing could become a reliable, affordable utility service, like the supplies of water or electricity. Within a few

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