John McCarthy the father of AI (Artificial Intelligence) died today at the age of 84. John McCarthy introduced the phrase Artificial Intelligence in 1955 and worked in this field throughout his life. He developed the computer programming language LISP (which uses List processing) in 1958, which is still in use today. He established the first artificial intelligence laboratory at MIT and also founded the AI laboratory at Stanford University.
Since then Artificial Intelligence has been incorporated into machines that learn. Products like the computer and more recently Nest a learning thermostat for the home
Update 28th May 2012: Nest Learning Thermostat to be sold in US Apple Store