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Lisp is a family of programming languages with distinctive bracketed syntax. It was conceived at MIT in the late 1950s and has been instrumental in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). One of its most notable features is homoiconicity, meaning that code-as-data can be manipulated and converted into data structures. This makes Lisp particularly adept at metaprogramming and program analysis. Over time, several dialects have emerged, including Common Lisp, Scheme, Clojure, Racket and Emacs Lisp. Commonly used in research settings for AI applications due to its flexibility for rapid prototyping and experimentation with complex algorithms; despite not being as widely adopted as other mainstream languages today.

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