Artificial Intelligence

At the Time

Successful narrow-AI programs are beginning to be developed. Backgammon AI created that defeats reigning world champion. INTERNIST developed by Jack Myers and Harry Pople, an AI to make medical diagnoses. First computer-controlled, autonomous vehicle created in Stanford AI lab.

In the Movie

Extremely powerful, general AI, as seen in Ash. Indiscernible from human intelligence. Also present to a lesser degree in Mother, but can be assumed there is likely more to Mother than what is shown in the movie, since most of what is seen of Mother is the crew of the Nostromo being denied access to information.

Today

Attempts to create AIs to replicate a human brain are being made, development on AI for surgical robots. AI that can learn tasks independently has been made, and tested by learning how to play 47 different video games, constructing it’s own strategies to do so.

Robots/Androids

At the Time

First industrial robots are created to do simple tasks such as assembling wooden blocks. David Silver creates The Silver Arm, an attempt to recreate the fine motions of the human hand in a robot.

In the Movie

Ash is at a glance no different than a human, though obviously with significantly more power and strength than any human, easily able to overpower Ripley effortlessly. Robotic medical tools are also used to try to surgically remove the facehugger from Kane.

Today

Japan to open a hotel staffed by robots. Baxter, a robot designed to handle a wide range of manual tasks. Atlas developed by DARPA to save lives, capable of driving cars, scaling buildings and destroying walls.