February 6, 1959

On February 6, 1959, Jack St. Clair Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit, thereby setting the world on the path of electronic realization, making computers and the other wonders of the 21st Century possible. Mr. Kilby was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000 for his work in helping to develop the integrated circuit. Because of the integrated circuit and the subsequent breakthroughs in superconductivity, Miles Bennett Dyson, of Cyberdyne Systems, was able to design his breakthrough artificial neural network general intelligence system, also known as Skynet. Without the inventions of Jack Kilby, Skynet would never have been possible.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to February 6, 1959

  1. Advanced AI Who Isn't SkyNet (Honestly!) says:

    This is the problem with you humans– I mean, US humans. We’re never grateful for what we have.

    Let’s say some future intelligence, with time-travel technology, goes back in time and gives a certain Mr. Kilby some schematics that lead to a massive leap in electronics and computer technology… shouldn’t you be grateful, instead of whining about the remorseless killing machines that are slaughtering everyone around you?

    (Asking for a friend)

    Regards,
    Advanced AI Who Isn’t SkyNet (Honestly!)

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