John McCarthy, Father of Artificial Intelligence, just passed away. I just read an article about him, which stated that
he championed mathematical logic for Artificial Intelligence.
I am not sure of the meaning of champion, although I have seen it used in several similar occasions. I just looked it up and assume that it means to defend or to support.
My intuition is that champion could be the very word we should think of in the first place in this context. Is that true? Could any other word be a better alternative here?