Why is Scott Fahlman a remarkable figure?

At a time when communication has evolved into different levels, no conversation is complete without smileys and emoticons. Today, one can express joy and sorrow without really using words, thanks to those cute images and their founder.

It was Scott Fahlman who is credited with the introduction of smileys. They first appeared on September 19th, 1982.

These interesting smiley faces spread from the university to other schools in no time. Years later, these characters turned into images that we now see on phones, computers, and various apps.

Fahlman, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, is also known for programming languages like Dylan. Image processing, document classification, planning and the use of parallel machines to solve artificial intelligence problems are some of the other areas in which Fahlman has proved his expertise.