McCarthy coined the term "Artificial Intelligence" in 1955, with his desire for an algebraic list processing language for AI taking shape in the form of Lisp in 1958. Following this, McCarthy developed garbage collection for Lisp in 1959. McCarthy proposed computer time-sharing in a speech in 1961.
He was the winner of the Turing Award, Benjamin Franklin Medal and was also inducted into the IEEE's Intelligent Systems Hall of Fame in August.
The news comes on the back of fellow Turing Award winner, C creator and Unix co-creator Dennis Ritchie who passed away earlier this month.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.