Original post by Timkin
Oh, just a quick response to kirkd... if it weren't for Kolmogorov, who built on Markov's work, we wouldn't have our modern information age (including computers, electronic and photonic communications systems, the internet, etc)! So, it's probably a little unreasonable to suggest that Markov's work sat idle for 100 years until applications of Markov chains arose in speech recognition! ;)
Would be nice to be able to read what kirkd said. I do not agree with that. Perhaps there would have been stalls and things might have ended up with slightly different notations like in say complexity theory, perhaps a different way of doing probabilities but I am certain that no one man has had so much impact since Aristotle. There were simply too many people approaching the notion of computing from many angles including off the top of my head: Russell, Church, Haskell Curry, McCarthy, Turing, von neuman, John backus...
Interestingly what does owe alot to AI is programming languages, lots of things considered powerful today were already being used back in the day to make AI programs easier to tackle: functional programming, relational/logic programming and constraint solving, object oriented programming, module concept and dynamic dispatch to name a few.