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History of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Infographic)

A timeline of developments in computers and robotics.
Decades of research and speculative fiction have led to today's computerized assistants such as Apple's Siri. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have given the world computers that can beat people at chess and “Jeopardy!,” as well as drive cars and manage calendars. But despite the progress, engineers are still years away from developing machines that are self-aware. Some believe the resulting technological singularity will eradicate poverty and disease, while others warn it could endanger human survival.

Karl Tate
Karl has been Purch's infographics specialist across all editorial properties since 2010.  Before joining Purch, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University.