American computer scientist known for his contribution to automated planning in blocks world, the Dylan programming language, Common Lisp, natural language processing, neural networks and more.
However, Fahlman is best known as the creator of the first smiley emoticon.
Howard Cunningham, creator of wiki software and the world's first wiki web site (WikiWikiWeb), came up with the name after being told to take the 'Wiki Wiki Shuttle' at the Honolulu airport. "Wiki" means "quick" in Hawaiian. The first wiki site is still up and running at the server of his software consultancy firm, Cunningham & Cunningham. [more...]