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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

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John McCarthy, seminal figure in AI, dies at 84

John McCarthy created the term "artificial intelligence," developed the programming language LISP, played computer chess via telegraph with opponents in Russia and invented computer time-sharing. He died suddenly Oct. 24.

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Ehrlich fears the worst for planet with 7 billion people

Biologist Paul Ehrlich still sees runaway population growth as a threat to the planet, but in an interview with Stanford News Service he said he is hopeful that humans can avoid the first catastrophic collapse of a global civilization.

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ResEd, graduate studies on Thursday's Senate agenda

On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Faculty Senate will hear a presentation by Deborah Golder, left, dean of residential education. The agenda also will include a report of the Committee on Graduate Studies, presented by its chair, Richard Roberts.

Campus Announcements

  • Join the MUSICIRCUS: All members of the Stanford community — students, faculty, staff, student groups, soloists, ensembles, bands, performance troupes  — are invited to perform with the "MUSICIRCUS" today, Oct. 26, at noon on White Plaza. The "MUSICIRCUS" is one of John Cage’s "omnium gatherum" pieces, and was first performed in 1967 at the University of Illinois. MUSICIRCUS is simply an invitation for performers to assemble and play together—a “happening” where multiple performances occur simultaneously to create new and unusual configurations. Visit the Events Calendar for more information.
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