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Technology timeline

Sometimes it is useful to look at history, either to see how things improved (or not so), or when a tech or idea first popped up. This is an attempt to make a timeline of the most important advances in technology for historical interest.

Computers, information processing and machine intelligence

1968 “SHRDLU”, an early English language parsing system connected to a physical simulator (playground) aka “block world”, started on MIT (by Terry Winograd)
1969 ARPANET started
1973 First cell phone
1983 C++ invented by Bjarne Stroustrup
1990 First web browser written at CERN; first HTML standard was made a year before by Tim Berners-Lee
1991 First public post about Linux (that time, a small hobby OS by Linus Torvalds)
1992 JPEG algorithm discovered
1995 Javascript invented by Brendan Eich
1997 IBM “Deep Blue” computer defeats Gary Kasparov in chess
2001 Wikipedia launched
2003 WiFi 802.11g standard published (up to 54 Mbps)
2004 Facebook launched
2005 5 autonomous cars finished the DARPA challenge of driving through a desert (year before, none did)
2009 Stack Exchange launched
2009 Wolfram Alpha started
2010 Microsoft Kinect V1 produced (face and gesture recognition, voice recognition and 3D image based on twin cameras); an open source driver (paid by Adafruit) allowed many useful hacks
2011 GPU-trained CNN achieves superhuman performance in a traffic sign recognition contest
2012 22nm CPU die technology (Intel Ivy Bridge processors)
2012 Google reports total of 500 000 km of test drives of their autonomous cars (on public roads but with two humans aboard)
2014 14nm CPU die technology (Intel Core M Broadwell, soon followed by desktop CPUs)
2015 Google TensorFlow published as open source
2015 Google Photos started by Google (project branched from Google+); its abilities to automatically classify images according to what they show is acclaimed by critics
2016 Google announces its “RAISR” technology for image reconstruction and upscaling (based on a neural network trained on many images that then decides which filters to use)
2016 Google AlphaGo defeats Lee Sedol in Go, receives honorary 9-dan
2017 AI player “Phillip” (programmed by Vlad Firoiu, MIT) beats professional players in Super Smash Bros (but itself can for now only play for one character, Captain Falcon, due to lack of support of shooting)
2017 AI player “DeepStack” defeats 10 pro players in no-limits Texas Hold'em poker game (historically it is a tie with Libratus, both were developed simultanously)
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