Diagramming Robust AI

joe davison joda at interaccess.com
Sun Mar 29 21:19:11 EST 1998


Jerry Avins wrote:
> 
> Phil Roberts, Jr. wrote:
> >
> > Riddle (#2):  Why is FORTH called FORTH?
> >
> > --
> >
> >                Phil Roberts, Jr.
> >
> > Feelings of Worthlessness and So-Called Cognitive Science
> >         http://www.geocities.com/Athens/5476
> 
> C is called C because it was intended to B, code that ran on the machine
> used for development. Forth is called that because it came after
> something like Third, and Moore's system couldn't take 6-character
> names. If I'm so smart, how come I don't know why they named me
> Jeremiah?
> 

C was the sequel to B.  There was ambiguity as to whether C's successor
should be D, or another specific letter (Which letter, and why?).  
Because of that ambiguity, the successor was named C++, which signifies
that successor, whichever it is :).

joe



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