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over the last two days, two famous persons died.

the first, who died on the 4th of march, is gary gygax, one of the inventors of the dungeons & dragons pen & paper role playing game, which had a large impact on a huge amount of people and many games, both for computers or without computers, both online and offline.

the second, who died on the 5th of march, is joseph weizenbaum, one of the founders of computer science and, later, one of the leading critics of artificial intelligence and the relation between computer science and society. one of the things he’s most famous for is eliza, an electronic parody of a therapist which was taken seriously by many people, to weizenbaum’s astonishment.

two personalities who changed the world. rest in peace.