John McCarthy

This collection of McCarthy quotes was created on 25 October 2011, which was two days after the death of John McCarthy. This collection of McCarthy quotes was initialized with four quotes.

You see, I think that most likely, the next major advance
is going to be not made by one of us old guys--and I include
Kurzweil among the old guys--but by some young guy.

-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {Stanford Professor emeritus; AI 50th anniversary 2006; more...} [artificial intelligence]

He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {Stanford Professor emeritus/AI guru/LISP; more...} [math]

Added After McCarthy's Death

Program designers have a tendency to think of the users as idiots
who need to be controlled. They should rather think of their program
as a servant, whose master, the user, should be able to control it.
If designers and programmers think about the apparent mental qualities
that their programs will have, they'll create programs that are easier
and pleasanter -- more humane -- to deal with.

-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {American computer scientist/AI guru; more...} [human factors]

In 1936 the notion of a computable function was clarified by Turing, and
he showed the existence of universal computers that, with an appropriate
program, could compute anything computed by any other computer.

-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {American computer scientist/AI guru; more...} [human factors]


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 25 October 2011
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:17:37 MST