AI Timeline

Timeline created by wilsonkuhn
  • 4,000 BCE


    The first step in technology advancement begins, with rocks being sharpened for tools the world was forever changed. This innovation was the beginning of the separation between humans and other mammals on earth. The first tools were built to feed families and make life easier for people groups.
  • World War II

    World War II
    World War II brought along a vast array of technological advancements. None may have been as significant as the code-breaking intelligence engineered by a group of scientists including Alan Turing. This new type of AI was able to break seemingly unbreakable codes and saved many lives and shorten the war because of its powers.

    ELIZA is an early language processing computer developed by Joseph Weizenbaum at the MIT Artificial Intelligence laboratory. ELIZA used pattern matching to have conversations with humans. There was the illusion of understanding what the human said but no capability to conceptualize phrases. Weizenbaum was surprised in his research with how many participants felt a great deal of emotional connection to ELIZA.
  • AIBO

    In 1998 Sony launches the first ever "Robot Pet". Most models were generic dogs some came out as lion cubs and huskies. Artificial intelligence expert Masahiro Fujita worked on these robots and was quoted saying the robots needed to "be sufficiently complex or unexpected so that people keep an interest in watching or taking care of it”. The robot has speech recognition capabilities.
  • SIRI

    SIRI is apple's personal assistant, first introduced in 2011 with the new iPhone 4s. The software has the ability to adapt to the user's voice, tone, language uses, common searches, and pretenses with continuing use. Siri is now used more than ever and is capable of listening for a user to say "Hey Siri" and will then begin to listen. Siri was revolutionary as the first time artificial intelligence was widespread and used daily by a large population.
  • IBM Watson

    IBM Watson
    IBM Watson, named after IBM's creator Thomas J. Watson, is a question-answering machine was originally designed to answer questions on the game show Jeopardy, and while it went on to win Jeopardy, it is now used to answer questions for businesses and analyze mass amounts of data for companies and deliver concise advice on strategies for the future. Watson wins Jeopardy:
    Article on IBM Watson's abilities:
  • Tay

    Tay was an artificial intelligence chatterbox designed by Microsoft and was put on Twitter. Tay was designed to mimic the language of a 19-year-old American female and learned by reading tweets from other users towards Tay. When users started tweeting politically incorrect information towards Tay, Tay started tweeting racist and sexually charged tweets. The creators of Tay blamed this behavior on the "repeat after me" settings of Tay. Tay was later replaced with Zo.
  • Affective Computing for Autism and Emotion Communication
    This article highlights affective computing technology and it's possible uses helping individuals with autism or cognitive delays communicate their emotions and better regulate them. As someone who works with adults with mental disabilities and illnesses, this article is very compelling to me and hits close to home. This technology would be able to sense changes in heart rate and nervous system impulses to regulate reactions.
  • AI Takes Over factory and Driving Jobs

    AI Takes Over factory and Driving Jobs
    A prediction for the near future is that AI will soon take over jobs like factory line work and truck driving. Machines have already made many jobs obsolete but with the growing power of artificial intelligence there will be an increase in job losses to robots. This will force more and more individuals to enter different creative and interpersonal job fields to save themselves from AI takeover.
  • AI Medical

    AI Medical
    By 2050 I believe many medical surgeries and diagnostics will be performed by robots with AI. This is taking in the amount of time it will take for humans to be comfortable with the realization that computers are far more accurate than humans with medical procedures and diagnoses. With affective computing taking into account a person's emotions and feelings, even family practice physicians will be replaced by computers.