The idea of artificial intelligence has deep roots in history. From the time Homer wrote about mechanical tripods waiting on the gods at dinner, this idea that something man made can serve humankind has held our unwavering attention.

An innovative notion that man can create artificial thought is still a greatly debated question and innovative experiment. VAIO rides on the wings of innovation, we constantly strive to engineer machines that reside a cut above. Albeit not in the A.I. sector, VAIO can recognize the art of technological experimentation and quality engineering.

Humble Beginnings

The beginnings of A.I. are traced back to philosophy, fiction and imagination. Classical philosophers attempted to describe human thinking as a symbolic system, but was not formally founded until 1965. Science fiction writers had a large pull on artificial intelligence, inspiring researchers with their own notions of intelligent machines.  

Demonstrations in the 1960’s were a plenty and included programs dealing with understanding languages, translation, memory and theorem proving as well as problem solving in learning, knowledge representation and inference.

A Lull in Time

Reports criticizing the progress in A.I. created quite a stir, funding was pulled and an overall interest in the field dropped. From 1974 to 1980 there was a pause in research that became known as the “A.I. winter”. It didn’t last long, in an effort to keep up and compete with Japan the British government began funding in the 1980’s and research was in full swing once again.

Progress

In 1997 IBM’s Deep Blue became the first computer to beat a human chess champion and in 2011 the computer giant’s question-answering system, Watson, won the famous quiz show- “Jeopardy!” More recently the talking computer “chatbot” Eugene Goostman received a large amount of attention for tricking judges into thinking it was an actual human during a Turing test, a game developed by mathematician and computer scientist, Alan Turing, that assessed whether a machine is intelligent or not.

Today

2016 is looking more and more like the year A.I. will actually arrive. With major advances in “deep learning” neural networks, meaning machines learn by ingesting large amounts of data at a time, IBM has taught Watson everything from medicine, to finance, to cooking. A.I. based face recognition has almost reached human capability and big companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have made strides in face recognition and human-like speech systems. The A.I. superhuman is still a few decades away, but we can expect to see a large variety of A.I. applications coming onto the scene.

Some applications have already made it into our daily lives- programs like Siri and Cortana are intelligent personal assistants. A.I. in video games has been around for years, but the complexity and effectiveness has grown tremendously in recent years. Self parking cars are already here and self driving cars are well on their way.

Artificial intelligence will continue to shift, to move, to learn. VAIO continues to do the same, we appreciate innovation, engineering and much like A.I. we refuse to be limited by stereotypical boundaries. We will continue to engineer machines that will allow users to break down those boundaries and continue to work toward their goals the same way we’re working towards our own. Join us, become part of the VAIO Society.