Twenty years ago today, computer Deep Blue made history by beating world champion Garry Kasparov in a game of chess. The Onion looks back at some of the most important moments in the development of AI technology:
Persian scholars begin to worry their abacuses are getting too powerful
Arturo Rosenblueth, Norbert Wiener, and Julian Bigelow define the field of cybernetics, still in use today to help people make purchases without getting up
Alan Turing invents the Turing test, a method of determining when it is already too late
The world’s first industrial robot, Unimate, begins suggesting to workers at a General Motors plant that maybe this whole union thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
After decades of attempts, MIT researchers successfully design a robot capable of beating a human at Twister
iRobot releases the Roomba, a machine that autonomously bumps into things around the house
Apple MacBook Air Laptop
The M1 chip delivers 3.5x faster performance than the previous generation all while using way less power. Get up to 18 hours of battery life.
Google’s first self-driving car successfully plows over a San Francisco homeless man
In the show’s most highly anticipated episode ever, the computer known as Watson hosts Jeopardy!
Apple’s Siri recommends a restaurant that’s not even fucking close to this neighborhood
Disney World’s Country Bears rise up against their oppressors