A Sad End

By Deane Barker on January 27, 2006

Rest in peace: Earlier this week, a well-known researcher of artificial intelligence posted a suicide note to one of Joel Spolsky’s forums.

Members of the Joel on Software discussion board […] were unsure whether these suicide notes were a joke of poor taste, or legitimate cries for help. Nonetheless, many individuals attempted to contact authorities in Santiago, Chile, where Mr. McKinstry last lived. They also contacted the Canadian embassy, as Mr. McKinstry was a Canadian citizen.

It didn’t work. He was found dead later in the week.

Joel has since closed the forum.