Those of us who grew up watching Star Trek and other sci-fi won’t find the concept of artificial intelligence that alien. We had Commander Data on Star Trek, and for those of us who are really ancient, Twiki from Buck Rogers.

And while the timelines for those programs were set way into the future, the reality is that artificial intelligence is here already. We don’t quite have the tech to create Commander Data or a sassy holographic doctor as far advanced as we see on the screen, but we’re not far off.

For those who think that AI is a recent invention, think again. The Turing test, originally designed to test whether a computer could fool a human into thinking that they were talking to another human, was designed in 1943.

From there it advanced, and you can track the advancement by checking out the cool timeline and AI stats that the infographic below provides.

As you’ll see when you look through the infographic below, the human kind has been working on AI for a long time. It’s fair to say, though, that the tech took a while to catch up. The first giant leap forward for AI was when Deep Blue beat Grandmaster Garry Kasparov at chess.

In the 20 or so years since that day, AI has been advancing at a huge rate. As we develop ever-increasingly powerful computers, it’s fair to say that it will continue to advance as well. In 2014, a chatbot known as Eugene Goostman passed the Turing Test.

The future is now, people. We already make use of AI in our everyday lives. Every time you ask Alexa a question or run a search on Google, you’re using it. Every time you run accounting software that automatically matches credits and debits on your account, you’re using it.

The artificial intelligence industry is booming, and truth be told, we don’t actually know where it will end. What might seem like an amazingly futuristic concept today could be perfectly normal tomorrow.

 

 

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.