god’s language: lisp and the fiction of AI

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this contribution looks at how the early communities of AI development have built up a series of narratives around the power of language, and particularly logical language, and how assumptions about form and content allowed the development of modern computation and contemporary artificial intelligence.

part on lisp itself, what it makes it special as a computer

list processing, abstracting away details, functions-as-data, eliza, tree-like structure

the socio-historical context

leibniz, first AI dartmouth, SICP, lots of dialects

what that tells us today

??? it’s not so much language dependent as concept independent: the list, the group, which together form a pattern, from the line to the surface

references that people in AI have