AI: 15 key moments in the story of artificial intelligence

“The quest for artificial intelligence (AI) began over 70 years ago, with the idea that computers would one day be able to think like us. Ambitious predictions attracted generous funding, but after a few decades there was little to show for it.

But, in the last 25 years, new approaches to AI, coupled with advances in technology, mean that we may now be on the brink of realising those pioneers’ dreams.

1943 – WW2 triggers fresh thinking

1950 – Science fiction steers the conversation

1956 – A ‘top-down’ approach

1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey – imagining where AI could lead

1969 – Tough problems to crack

1973 – The AI winter

1981 – A solution for big business

1990 – Back to nature for ‘bottom-up’ inspiration

1997 – Man vs machine: Fight of the 20th Century

2002 – The first robot for the home

2005 – War machines

2008 – Starting to crack the big problems

2010 – Dance bots

2011 – Man vs machine: Fight of the 21st Century

2014 – Are machines intelligent now?”

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