John McCarthy on Elephant 2000, Lisp, Ruby and the Computer Industry

Posted in Development, Conferences on June 27, 2008


John McCarthy on Elephant 2000, Lisp, Ruby and the Computer Industry

Summary
In this interview, John McCarthy presents his latest programming language ideas; Elephant 2000. He describes elephant memory, references to the past and to the future and how speach acts can be used in programming. He also presents his view on Lisp's influences on Ruby and his view of the history and current state of the computer industry.

Bio
John McCarthy received the Turing Award in 1971 for his major contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence. He was responsible for coining the term "Artificial Intelligence" in 1955, invented the Lisp programming language and pioneered time-sharing. John McCarthy is currently Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.

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Tags: Ruby, Lisp, Interview, InfoQ, Architecture, Dynamic Languages, Languages, Innovations, Artificial Intelligence