A brief history of artificial intelligence

Here are 630 examples of AI in (roughly) the order they happened.

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May 2019 630

Predict outcomes of orthopaedic surgery

Predict the function of proteins in the body

Prevent unneeded tests

Predict which clients will invest more money

Predict future risk of breast cancer

Help you use more inclusive language

Create images that monkeys love

Write short poems

April 2019 622

Create never-ending death metal

Detect corrosion on ships

Combine different styles of music

Track and fire warehouse workers

Turn thoughts into speech

Create a new outdoor sport

Recognise a person carrying a colour printout

Steer hypersonic vehicles

Help drivers avoid flooded roads

Cut the cost of drilling for oil

Make old videogames look like new

Find enemy radars

Design a chair

Trace the shape of active neurons

Predict the outcome of clinical trials

Assess earthquake-damaged buildings

Map population density around the world

Bust a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

Block or remove Facebook accounts

Predict collisions and debris in orbit

Monitor workers' emails and meetings

Detect wrinkles in car seats

Create and trade tokenised bonds

Optimise embryo selection for IVF

Help violinists improve their technique

Analyse images of brain tumours

Measure population health via social media

Model cellular dynamics

Optimise your e-bike performance

Detect disturbances in power grids

March 2019 592

Deepfake satellite photos

Monitor your kitchen bin

Manage McDonald's drive-thrus

Predict all-cause premature mortality

Spot low-birthweight babies

Adjudicate small claims disputes

Recommend insulin dosages

Colourise black & white photos

Catch rogue traders

Allocate students to internships

Predict battery life

Detect packaging errors

Help detect mental health problems

Evaluate golfers' swings

Turn sketches into photorealistic landscapes

Play Pong

Spot guns in CCTV footage

Reduce food waste

Harmonise melodies

Remaster old video recordings to HD

Catch shoplifters in the act

Recognise the sound of break-ins

Detect revenge porn

Predict cognitive ability from birth to age two

Check class attendance rates

Predict wildfires

Recycle materials after demolitions

Suggest the best meeting room

Prepare contracts to transition from LIBOR

Speed up court document processing

Re-engage dormant email subscribers

Write and produce entire songs

Create works of art

Play Mahjong

Spot violent online content

Reduce bias in police stations and courtrooms

Manage an entire farm

Help divorced parents settle disputes

Measure changes in coastal habitats

Control on-demand bus services

Guess whether text was produced by AI

Check the texture of potato crisps

Automate video game development

February 2019 549

Use a hand to manipulate objects

Change your voice

Create customised AI training data

Diagnose common childhood ailments

Create market reports for used cars

Generate fake Airbnb listings

Generate convincing, well-written text

Fix your karaoke performance

Generate photos of non-existent people

Generate cat photos from scratch

Find traces of lost species in our DNA

Finish Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

Play Pictionary

Find new flavour combinations

January 2019 535

Train a robotic knee for amputees

Play StarCraft

Coach a football team

Deliver snacks

Spot suspected money laundering

Come up with new product ideas

Catch people sharing Netflix passwords

Identify genetic disorders from your face

Analyse the world's toilets

Find hidden patterns in global datasets

Design better golf clubs

Pen rough drafts of articles

Turn brain activity into speech

Detect Alzheimer's disease in brain scans

December 2018 521

Hide data to cheat its creators

Administer the welfare state

Monitor a football stadium

Help nurses care for dementia patients

Analyse historial sources

Improve electronic health records

Monitor microorganisms in large ecosystems

Train on medical records without leaking data

Auction commercial properties

Use facial expressions to control a wheelchair

Reliably measure flavour

Convert video into 3D renders

Predict where you'll look in a picture

See clearly in difficult conditions

Assist cyber-policing operations

Predict protein folding structures

November 2018 505

Charge people with jaywalking

Talk like a newsreader

Remove fake likes, follows and comments

Screen chest x-rays for a dozen diseases

Be your friend

Flag suicide risk on Facebook

Detect bogus expenses claims

Anchor the news

Detect computer hackers

Analyse the cores of distant stars

Monitor blood loss during childbirth

Write a car advert

Recruit new players

Defeat biometric security systems

Help people interviewing trauma victims

Conduct social media background checks

Diagnose paediatric heart murmurs

Target care inspections

Design an interplanetary lander

Run a dry cleaning business

Accelerate malaria research

Scan your poop

Save the bees

Predict what kind of lighting you want

Teach Minecraft players about architecture

Direct a movie

Predict Yakuza attacks

Detect liars at border control

Identify viral hosts

Run a hot pot restaurant

October 2018 475

Recognise galaxies

Design perfumes

Convert sign language into text or speech

Identify fake robbery reports

Power an ATM

Write legal papers and rulings

Keep your jacket warm

Power a sex toy for men

Come up with Halloween costume ideas

Control quantum computers

Host a museum

Write a novel

Paint a portrait

Design terrifying Halloween masks

Play Pac-Man without eating ghosts

Track foot traffic

Fix software bugs

Power a sex toy for women

Compose melodies and lyrics

Orchestrate believable virtual worlds

Sketch a self-portrait

Search CCTV by height, gender or clothing

Identify inorganic phosphors

Generate sepsis treatment plans

Give your voice assistant a realistic avatar

Lip-sync animations

Identify metastatic breast cancer

Write fortune cookie messages

Give evidence to a Parliamentary committee

Learn common sense

Reduce unemployment agency backlogs

Review job applications

Generate high resolution maps

Write advertising slogans

Predict imminent cardiac arrest

September 2018 440

Compose indie music

Duplicate Will.i.am

Teach people Chinese

Optimise charging for bike and scooter networks

Optimise your skincare regime

Develop prejudices

Recognise children's voices

Read and assess mammograms

Tell whether an image has been Photoshopped

Predict whether someone is depressed

Compete against human pilots in drone races

Analyse soil samples

Tag documents in a lawsuit

August 2018 427

Operate a telephone switchboard

Track your basketball practice

Identify types of coral

Predict when trucks will break down

Detect deepfakes

Find Waldo

Detect faults in railway tracks

July 2018 420

Restyle photos

Replace animal testing for toxic chemicals

Tell living and dead eyeballs apart

Improve how we measure intelligence

Catch Xbox Live cheaters

Simulate competing policies

Create levels for Super Mario Bros

Turn Josh Brolin into Thanos

Spot birds from their songs

Write captions for memes

Help artists populate virtual worlds

Identify solar panels on buildings

Pick highlights for sports coverage

Map addresses to locations

Accelerate drug development

Check your grammar

Decide which movies get made

Simulate financial markets

June 2018 402

Play Dota 2

Help farmers grow better cassava

Fix photos where someone is blinking

Predict your chance of dying in hospital

Figure out popular dishes at restaurants

Debate a human opponent

Make and serve coffee

Simulate sports car performance

Predict how you'll look when you're older

Build a virtual border wall

Put out fires

Sense people though walls

Predict the phases of quantum systems

Smell illnesses in human breath

Find plastic waste in the ocean

Reduce injuries on construction sites

Predict the winner of the football World Cup

Load your video games faster

Tell if you are drunk from your phone

Increase your longevity

Adjust appliances to reduce energy use

Help spot illegal fishing operations

Flag suspicious people at border crossings

See the world like a psychopath

Boost the brain's memory

May 2018 377

Improve single molecule-localisation microscopy

Record your visit to the doctor

Track students' emotional states

See in the dark

Control traffic lights

Improve radio network performance

Schedule output for a TV channel

Navigate like a mammal

Interview travellers at airports

Measure the severity of small vessel disease

Monitor lakes and surrounding ecosystems

Price debt

Help you find a date

Go for a jog in the park

Increase military situational awareness

Finish your sentences

Phone to make an appointment

Personalise your drinks and snacks

Find late passengers in airports

April 2018 358

Create levels for Doom

Write a Grimm's fairytale

Answer any question by talking to books

Accelerate the discovery of metallic glass

Track stereotypes about women and minorities

Rewrite the news to remove bias

Dance to any music

Help deaf students learn

Help deliver the mail

Play Sonic the Hedgehog

Predict the probability of life on other planets

Identify intercranial haemorrhages

Track supply chains from space

Fake your voice

Enhance real-time police surveillance

Trade cryptocurrencies

Categorise ramen by shop

Price property insurance accurately

Choose your clothes

Explore Mars

March 2018 338

Predict your lifespan

Help with home loan applications

Design organic syntheses

Spy on you at work

Alert distracted or drowsy drivers

Move like a fish

Drive a tank

Enhance atomic imaging

Sell your house

Discover unknown species of virus

Pollinate crops

Identify authors of literary works

Detect potassium in your blood

Detect drug smuggling

Convert flat images to 3D

Resist creepy laughing

Predict leukaemia relapse

Predict crime hotspots

Generate an infinite podcast

Help robots teach themselves

Anticipate human movements

Detect poachers

Teach you how to draw

Interpret echocardiograms

Detect illegal logging in the rainforest

Play Q*bert

February 2018 312

Rank photos by aesthetic appeal

Diagnose nail fungus

Help police make custody decisions

Spot errors in NDAs

Track mosquitos by their sound

Perform functional software testing

Make ad placement decisions

Follow a person without human interaction

Detect and locate earthquakes

Survey and classify biological data

Predict cardiovascular risk from retina scans

Help you choose a hair dye

Make socio-economic classifications

Detect ISIS propaganda

Ski an alpine slalom course

Roll on any terrain

Open doors

Tell black men and women apart

Change people's clothes in a video in real time

Find pictures capturing similar moods

Remove Henry Cavill's mustache

Exchange banter with humans

Help run a nuclear submarine

Enhance cancer pathology reports

Evaluate the performance of sportspeople

January 2018 287

Talk to people with depression

Predict government corruption

Predict airline delays

Turn a webcam into a Kinect

Organise clinical trials

Reduce the cost of fish farming

Decipher an ancient manuscript

Predict epileptic seizures

Reduce urban congestion

Play Doom

Change faces in videos

Analyse red carpet fashions

Drive a police car

Match art to potential buyers

Crop photos

Run a supermarket

Triage natural disaster aerial imagery

Draw an image based on a description

Direct drone surveillance

Diagnose osteoarthritis of the knees

Find the best place to resettle refugees

Assist the crew of the ISS

Customise hair care products

Make your Slack workspace more productive

Pass a reading comprehension test

Build models for new artificial life forms

Match selfies to famous paintings

Tell British and American accents apart

Fool a speech-to-text system

Suggest ways to reduce pollution

Play Scrabble

Fold a t-shirt

Improve the accuracy of gene editing

Fool an image classifier system

December 2017 253

Detect benefit fraud

Read your mind

Identify objects of interest in drone footage

Detect child abuse images

Trade equities

Spot fake news

Discover new planets

Clean floors

Direct a panel show

Predict disruptions in fusion reactions

Invent alternatives to meat

Identify bacteria

Detect falls in the home

Rate school performance

Play a piano duet with you

Mix like a DJ

Predict hospital readmissions

Suggest venture capital investments

Write Harry Potter fanfiction

Create a chatbot in your likeness

Change the weather in a video

Play Shogi

November 2017 231

Staff a police station

Pass a medical licensing exam

Draft research papers

Identify surface-to-air missile sites

Give you fashion advice

Reduce your water bills

Spot forged artworks

Create holograms of cervical smears

Play Battleship

Do a backflip

Improve palliative care

Diagnose pneumonia

Design personalised clothing

Predict sleep apnea

Predict high blood pressure

Identify malaria parasites in blood

Give you superhuman strength

Review legal contracts

October 2017 213

Detect suicidal thoughts

Pick a single voice out of a crowd

Play Go

Make precise incisions

Tell chihuahuas and muffins apart

Play table tennis

Predict hard drive failures

Translate in real time

Manage construction projects

September 2017 204

Predict how long your relationship will last

Predict where you want to go

Manage a hedge fund

Animate the poo emoji

Pilot a drone

Write convincing reviews

Help cities get feedback from their residents

Land a passenger aeroplane

August 2017 196

Recognise partially concealed faces

Sort and grade job applicants

Compose and produce instrumentation

Recommend movies

Create anime characters

Tell if you are dreaming

July 2017 190

Guess who you know

Improve your WiFi performance

Predict fashion trends

Predict who is going to commit a crime

Learn to mimic human movement

Predict schizophrenia

Play Sokoban

Make lending decisions

Handle customer support

Edit photos

Fake a video of someone talking

Design smartphone cases

Monitor the border

Hunt for subatomic particles

Audit what's on a store's shelves

June 2017 175

Translate like a native speaker

Perform 3D imaging through walls

Predict molecular properties

Identify plant and animal species

Buy advertising inventory

Organise your photos

May 2017 169

Block spam emails

Screen for cervical cancer

Turn wireframes into working apps

Predict sepsis

Sort Lego bricks

Paint an oil painting

Run a warehouse

Interpret orders from a Starfleet captain

Patrol shopping malls

Predict heart attack and stroke risk

Recognise doodles

April 2017 158

Guide visitors to a museum

Fly an F-16 fighter jet

Sort parcels

Classify sentiment in text

March 2017 154

Track multiple faces in a crowd

Deliver pizza

Help pilots cope with emergencies

Drive a truck

Judge a beauty contest

February 2017 149

Check commercial loan agreements

Spot trolls on Twitter

Predict earthquakes

Predict autism

Simulate quantum systems

Enhance pixellated images

Predict parking availability

Diagnose cataracts

January 2017 141

Pick up fruit and vegetables

Play Texas Hold-Em

Diagnose skin cancers

Find new uses for existing drugs

Write AI software

Verify your identity from a selfie

Detect payment fraud

Tell you if you have spots or wrinkles

Review theft insurance claims

2016 132

Control your entire house

Design better batteries

Do your accounts

Turn photos into videos

Learn how to use a computer

Organise your Facebook news feed

Identify diabetic retinopathy

Invent recipes

Design logos

Read your lips

Learn how to use encryption

Cook your meals

Draw creepy pictures

Predict court cases

Predict how long you'll wait for a taxi

Transcribe a conversation

Diagnose common conditions

Predict protests and riots

Compose harmonies and melodies

Detect crop diseases

Conduct M&A due diligence

Speak naturally

Sort cucumbers

Copy your handwriting

Control your lightbulbs

Design more efficient OLEDs

Predict crop yields

Tag your friends in photos

Reduce industrial energy consumption

Learn to speak like someone else

Write sports bulletins

Get parking tickets cancelled

Write a screenplay

Spray pesticides

Be your personal assistant

Classify extreme weather events

Recommend stuff to buy

Be a teaching assistant

Suture a wound

Create personalised learning plans

Describe what's happening in a picture

Detect compromised user accounts

Identify objects for the visually impaired

Learn common decency

Write a short story

Mix cocktails

Detect malware

Run a hotel reception desk

Deliver search results

2015 83

Recommend music

Answer questions about an image

Recognise emotions in pictures

Predict hypoglycemic events

Dispatch taxis

Mimic famous artists

Compose classical music

Play Super Mario Bros

Nail an IQ test

Discover new models in biology

Guess your age

Give you driving directions

Drive a car

Write poetry

Design a sports car

Recognise emotions in speech

2014 67

Tell chocolate chip and raisin cookies apart

Run a factory

Spot burglars

Design a pricing strategy

Write financial bulletins

Dance Gangnam Style

Buy stuff on your behalf

2013 60

Play Atari 2600

2012 59

Identify you from your walk

2011 58

Operate a sentry gun

Optimise your heating

Mark essays

Juggle balls in mid-air

Play Jeopardy!

2006 53

Identify you from your face

2003 52

Park a car

1997 51

Play chess

Undated 50

Forecast demand for tractors

Design better artificial limbs

Identify hotdogs or not hotdogs

Locate emoji in the real world

Detect toxic comments in online discussions

Translate over 100 languages

Write unit tests

Speed up Microsoft Office

Improve your UX design

Threaten our digital, physical and political security

Search surveillance footage in real time

Monitor outpatients

Diagnose prostate cancer

Generate oncology treatment plans

Create custom textbooks

Tutor kids in maths

Identify and count wildlife

Track the migration patterns of endangered whales

Harvest strawberries

Seed, water and care for plants

Thin lettuces

Pick apples

Help farmers work more efficiently

Boost greenhouse productivity

Predict maintenance tasks

Schedule your meetings

Take notes in a meeting

Do data entry

Make a staffing rota

Improve your writing

Get invoices paid instantly

Find cheap flights

Help you look after your money

Price risk

Give financial planning advice

Optimise your spending

Give investment advice

Predict box office performance

Match candidates with job vacancies

Review motor insurance claims

Run a luxury concierge

Personalise customer experiences

Coach call centre staff

Build project teams

Conduct legal case research

Optimise retail inventory

Clean your windows

Mow your lawn

Vacuum your floors

Learn your weekly shop

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Curated by @clry2 and last updated May 2019 (history)