First Erann Gat tried it to no avail:
“I did try to introduce Lisp to Google. Having had some experience selling Lisp at JPL I got all my ducks in a row, had a cool demo going, showed it to all the other members of the ads team, and had them all convinced that this was a good idea. The only thing left was to get approval from the VP of engineering. The conversation went something like this:
Me: I’d like to talk to you about something…
Him: Let me guess – you want to use Smalltalk.
Me: Er, no…
Him: No way.
And that was the end of Lisp at Google.”
However this is not the end of the story and saga continues. Here comes a young and bright researcher Dr. Moshe Looks, with his fresh Ph.D (check out his publications). under his belt, tackling the topic of some complex semantic machine learning problems using plop which is coded… yes, to no surprise, in Common Lisp! ;-). You can read about plop in Google Research Blogs, too. Check it out:
“plop is a Common Lisp framework for experimenting with meta-optimizing semantic evolutionary search (MOSES) and related approaches to learning with probability distributions over program spaces based on:
* reduction to normal form
* deme (sub-population) management
* probabilistic model-building (aka estimation-of-distribution algorithms)”