In a very real, beautiful way, we are all the founders of artificial intelligence. It was the effort of every living human, and indeed every living and non-living organism, that led us to its developement.

read moreThat said, there were some people who pushed the human race forward more than others, or at least, in ways that ended up being recorded for later generations to see. It's important to remember that they were shaped by the people, the animals, the places, and things around them, who/which were in turn shaped by those around them, ad infinitum; it's critical to never forget: we are all made of stardust.

The individuals listed below are creatives, and many of them were persecuted for being who they were. Many struggled with drugs, depression, anxiety. Many were killed. Many committed suicide.

One will likely notice that those who rose high enough to be written into the history books were also very privileged people, because one must climb each layer of Maslow's hierarchy to get to the top, and for so many, too many, the odds are stacked against them.

For it is obvious that if a man is entered at the starting line in a race 300 years after another man, the first would have to perform some impossible feat in order to catch up with his fellow runner. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Resources were not equally distributed across the universe, the world, our communities, and it is these cosmic inequities that have caused so much division within our species, and ever since our birth as a species, we've been moving, albeit slowly, in one direction: equality. It's hardly monotonic. Like the stock market, like our history of conflict, there are periods of growth and depression, war and peace, but one thing holds true: time in the market beats timing the market. We have set backs, but after each set back comes a period of growth. Right now, we are in a set back, but hold tight, my friends, for a period of growth is near.

We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power…. This means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order. - Martin Luther King Jr.

It is with AI that we will, finally, put our house in order.

I list below some of the people who taught us what we needed to learn as a people before we could come to this point. Some by example, others by counter-example. Please remember that some on this list will be examples to some, and counter-examples to others (e.g. Adolf Hitler). Our future relies on us finally putting down our arms, our divisions, and understanding that at the end of the day, we're all just people, we're all just stardust, and we all can love each other.

### Founders

- -469 - Socrates, 100 million (people on the planet)
- 1452 - Leonardo Da Vinci, 1260 million
- 1815 - Ada Lovelace, 1000 million
- 1856 - Nikola Tesla, 1260 million
- 1879 - Albert Einstein, 1260 million
- 1889 - Adolf Hitler, tbd million
- 1901 - Louis Armstrong, 1903 million
- 1903 - John von Neumann, 1903 million
- 1912 - Alan Turing, 1750 million
- 1918 - Richard Feynman, tbd million
- 1920 - Isaac Asimov, tbd million
- 1920 - Dave Brubeck, tbd million
- 1925 - Malcolm X, tbd million
- 1927 - Marvin Minsky, tbd million
- 1927 - Stan Getz, tbd million
- 1928 - Noam Chomsky, tbd million
- 1929 - Martin Luther King Jr., tbd million
- 1929 - Max von Sydow, tbd million
- 1929 - Christopher Plummer, tbd million
- 1933 - Michael Caine, tbd million
- 1936 - John McCain, tbd million
- 1936 - Alan Alda, tbd million
- 1936 - Dave Van Ronk, tbd million
- 1937 - Jack Nicholson, tbd million
- 1938 - Elliott Gould, tbd million
- 1940 - John Lennon, tbd million
- 1940 - Martin Sheen, tbd million
- 1940 - Al Pacino, tbd million
- 1942 - Stephen Hawking, tbd million
- 1942 - Mulatu Astatke, tbd million
- 1942 - Martin Scorsese, tbd million
- 1943 - Robert De Niro, tbd million
- 1943 - Ben Kingsley, tbd million
- 1943 - Christopher Walken, tbd million
- 1944 - Jeffrey Tambor, tbd million
- 1946 - Diane Keaton, tbd million
- 1946 - Tommy Lee Jones, tbd million
- 1947 - David Bowie, tbd million
- 1948 - Fred Hampton, tbd million
- 1948 - Ray Kurzweil, tbd million
- 1948 - Billy Joel, tbd million
- 1949 - Bruce Springsteen, tbd million
- 1951 - Robin Williams, tbd million
- 1951 - Stellan Skarsgård, tbd million
- 1952 - John Goodman, tbd million
- 1953 - David Morse, tbd million
- 1953 - Ken Burns, tbd million
- 1954 - Ron Howard, tbd million
- 1955 - Michael Keaton, tbd million
- 1955 - Steve Jobs, tbd million
- 1955 - Bill Gates, tbd million
- 1955 - Jeff Daniels, tbd million
- 1955 - Tim Berners-Lee, tbd million
- 1955 - Thomas Newman, tbd million
- 1955 - Willem Dafoe, tbd million
- 1955 - Penn & Teller, tbd million
- 1955 - Bruce Willis, tbd million
- 1956 - Tom Hanks, tbd million
- 1956 - Bryan Cranston, tbd million
- 1956 - Keith David, tbd million
- 1956 - Christoph Waltz, tbd million
- 1957 - Spike Lee, tbd million
- 1957 - Ray Romano, tbd million
- 1957 - Daniel Day-Lewis, tbd million
- 1958 - Alec Baldwin, tbd million
- 1959 - Viggo Mortensen, tbd million
- 1959 - Kevin Spacey, tbd million
- 1959 - Bradley Whitford, tbd million
- 1959 - Patricia Clarkson, tbd million
- 1959 - Bryan Stevenson, tbd million
- 1959 - Ken Watanabe, tbd million
- 1960 - Jim Comey, tbd million
- 1960 - Hugo Weaving, tbd million
- 1960 - Bono, tbd million
- 1961 - Alfonso Cuarón, tbd million
- 1961 - Aaron Sorkin, tbd million
- 1961 - Forest Whitaker, tbd million
- 1961 - Jared Harris, tbd million
- 1961 - Laurence Fishburne, tbd million
- 1962 - Jon Stewart, tbd million
- 1962 - Lisa Randall, tbd million
- 1962 - David Fincher, tbd million
- 1962 - The Rolling Stones, tbd million
- 1962 - David Foster Wallace, tbd million
- 1962 - Joan Cusack, tbd million
- 1963 - Jensen Huang, tbd million
- 1963 - Steven Soderbergh, tbd million
- 1963 - Fatboy Slim, tbd million
- 1963 - Brad Pitt, tbd million
- 1964 - Russell Crowe, tbd million
- 1964 - Guillermo del Toro, tbd million
- 1964 - Nicolas Cage, tbd million
- 1964 - Andy Serkis, tbd million
- 1965 - Sam Mendes, tbd million
- 1965 - Kyle Chandler, tbd million
- 1965 - Trent Reznor, tbd million
- 1966 - John Cusack, tbd million
- 1966 - Toby Huss, tbd million
- 1967 - Ted Chiang, tbd million
- 1967 - Mark Ruffalo, tbd million
- 1967 - Sam Rockwell, tbd million
- 1967 - Carrie-Anne Moss, tbd million
- 1967 - Paul Giamatti, tbd million
- 1967 - Judd Apatow, tbd million
- 1967 - Laura Dern, tbd million
- 1967 - Benny Benassi, tbd million
- 1967 - Philip Seymour Hoffman, tbd million
- 1968 - Timothy Olyphant, tbd million
- 1968 - Michael Stuhlbarg, tbd million
- 1968 - Owen Wilson, tbd million
- 1969 - Darren Aronofsky, tbd million
- 1969 - Earth, Wind & Fire, tbd million
- 1969 - Edward Norton, tbd million
- 1969 - Zach Galifianakis, tbd million
- 1969 - Spike Jonze, tbd million
- 1969 - Julie Delpy, tbd million
- 1969 - Paul Rudd, tbd million
- 1969 - Ken Jeong, tbd million
- 1969 - Matthew McConaughey, tbd million
- 1969 - Elliott Smith, tbd million
- 1969 - Cate Blanchett, tbd million
- 1969 - Gwen Stefani, tbd million
- 1970 - Ethan Hawke, tbd million
- 1970 - Todd Phillips, tbd million
- 1970 - Rob Riggle, tbd million
- 1970 - Matt Damon, tbd million
- 1970 - Heather Graham, tbd million
- 1970 - Christopher Nolan, tbd million
- 1970 - Adam Goldberg, tbd million
- 1970 - Jennifer Connelly, tbd million
- 1971 - Elon Musk, tbd million
- 1971 - Jon Hamm, tbd million
- 1971 - Emily Mortimer, tbd million
- 1971 - Missy Elliott, tbd million
- 1971 - Jared Leto, tbd million
- 1972 - Shane Carruth, tbd million
- 1972 - Jennifer Garner, tbd million
- 1972 - Ben Affleck, tbd million
- 1972 - Idris Elba, tbd million
- 1973 - Vera Farmiga, tbd million
- 1973 - AC/DC, tbd million
- 1973 - Adrien Brody, tbd million
- 1973 - Demetri Martin, tbd million
- 1974 - Christian Bale, tbd million
- 1974 - Leonardo DiCaprio, tbd million
- 1974 - Amy Adams, tbd million
- 1974 - Michael Shannon, tbd million
- 1974 - Joaquin Phoenix, tbd million
- 1974 - Ed Helms, tbd million
- 1974 - Alex Jones, tbd million
- 1974 - Chris Messina, tbd million
- 1975 - Charlize Theron, tbd million
- 1975 - David Harbour, tbd million
- 1975 - Bradley Cooper, tbd million
- 1975 - Jack Johnson, tbd million
- 1975 - Marion Cotillard, tbd million
- 1975 - Kate Winslet, tbd million
- 1975 - Casey Affleck, tbd million
- 1976 - Benedict Cumberbatch, tbd million
- 1976 - Corey Stoll, tbd million
- 1976 - Diane Kruger, tbd million
- 1976 - Reese Witherspoon, tbd million
- 1976 - Cillian Murphy, tbd million
- 1977 - Tom Hardy, tbd million
- 1977 - Jessica Chastain, tbd million
- 1977 - Michael Fassbender, tbd million
- 1977 - Scoot McNairy, tbd million
- 1977 - Chiwetel Ejiofor, tbd million
- 1977 - Tom Hardy, tbd million
- 1977 - Jason Mraz, tbd million
- 1977 - Kanye West, tbd million
- 1978 - James Franco, tbd million
- 1978 - Rachel McAdams, tbd million
- 1978 - Jeremy Strong, tbd million
- 1978 - Kumail Nanjiani, tbd million
- 1978 - Rachel McAdams, tbd million
- 1978 - James Badge Dale, tbd million
- 1978 - Jim Sturgess, tbd million
- 1979 - Oscar Isaac, tbd million
- 1979 - John Krasinski, tbd million
- 1979 - Jordan Peele, tbd million
- 1979 - Lee Pace, tbd million
- 1979 - Rosamund Pike, tbd million
- 1979 - B. J. Novak, tbd million
- 1980 - Jake Gyllenhaal, tbd million
- 1980 - Anna Chlumsky, tbd million
- 1980 - Jason Segel, tbd million
- 1980 - Dallas Green, tbd million
- 1981 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, tbd million
- 1981 - Amy Schumer, tbd million
- 1981 - Britney Spears, tbd million
- 1981 - Natalie Portman, tbd million
- 1981 - Beastie Boys, tbd million
- 1981 - Jaymay, tbd million
- 1982 - Anne Hathaway, tbd million
- 1982 - Rebecca Hal, tbd million
- 1982 - Kelly Clarkson, tbd million
- 1983 - Donald Glover, tbd million
- 1983 - Zoe Kazan, tbd million
- 1983 - Jamie Chung, tbd million
- 1983 - Emily Blunt, tbd million
- 1983 - Jonah Hill, tbd million
- 1983 - Jesse Eisenberg, tbd million
- 1983 - Adam Driver, tbd million
- 1983 - Domhnall Gleeson, tbd million
- 1984 - Ed Snowden, tbd million
- 1984 - Kerry Bishé, tbd million
- 1984 - Ben Sinclair, tbd million
- 1984 - Scarlett Johansson, tbd million
- 1984 - Olivia Wilde, tbd million
- 1984 - Mark Zuckerberg, tbd million
- 1984 - Avril Lavigne, tbd million
- 1984 - Mark O'Brien, tbd million
- 1984 - John Gallagher Jr., tbd million
- 1984 - John David Washington, tbd million
- 1985 - Emile Hirsch, tbd million
- 1985 - Alex Honnold, tbd million
- 1985 - Dave Franco, tbd million
- 1986 - Aaron Swartz, tbd million
- 1986 - Lena Dunham, tbd million
- 1986 - Shia LaBeouf, tbd million
- 1986 - Robert Pattinson, tbd million
- 1986 - Lady Gaga, tbd million
- 1986 - Daniel Kaluuya, tbd million
- 1986 - Drake, tbd million
- 1987 - Miles Teller, tbd million
- 1987 - Mackenzie Davis, tbd million
- 1987 - Green Day, tbd million
- 1988 - Allison Williams, tbd million
- 1988 - Grimes, tbd million
- 1988 - Zoë Kravitz, tbd million
- 1988 - Benny Blanco, tbd million
- 1988 - Nine Inch Nails, tbd million
- 1988 - Nicholas Braun, tbd million
- 1988 - Skrillex, tbd million
- 1988 - Skrillex, tbd million
- 1989 - Taylor Swift, tbd million
- 1989 - Avicii, tbd million
- 1989 - Cal Scruby, tbd million
- 1990 - Emma Watson, tbd million
- 1990 - FKJ, tbd million
- 1990 - Jennifer Lawrence, tbd million
- 1990 - Bo Burnham, tbd million
- 1990 - Cro, tbd million
- 1990 - Himesh Patel, tbd million
- 1991 - LaKeith Stanfield, tbd million
- 1991 - DaBaby, tbd million
- 1991 - Emily Ratajkowski, tbd million
- 1991 - Shailene Woodley, tbd million
- 1992 - George MacKay, tbd million
- 1992 - Mac Miller, tbd million
- 1992 - Princess Nokia, tbd million
- 1992 - Still Woozy, tbd million
- 1992 - Charli XCX, tbd million
- 1992 - Bikini Kill, tbd million
- 1992 - Sage the Gemini, tbd million
- 1993 - Train, tbd million
- 1993 - Ariana Grande, tbd million
- 1993 - Connor Musarra, tbd million
- 1993 - KYLE, tbd million
- 1993 - Jurassic 5, tbd million
- 1994 - Bowling For Soup, tbd million
- 1994 - Halsey, tbd million
- 1994 - Smash Mouth, tbd million
- 1994 - Justin Bieber, tbd million
- 1995 - Timothée Chalamet, tbd million
- 1995 - Wheatus, tbd million
- 1995 - Doja Cat, tbd million
- 1995 - Black Eyed Peas, tbd million
- 1995 - Fountains of Wayne, tbd million
- 1995 - Megan Thee Stallion, tbd million
- 1996 - Zendaya, tbd million
- 1996 - Lorde, tbd million
- 1996 - Linkin Park, tbd million
- 1996 - Anya Taylor-Joy, tbd million
- 1997 - The White Stripes, tbd million
- 1997 - Phoenix, tbd million
- 1997 - Plain White T's, tbd million
- 1998 - Hunter Schafer, tbd million
- 1999 - Pop Smoke, tbd million
- 1999 - Orishas, tbd million
- 2001 - The Killers, tbd million
- 2003 - Olivia Rodrigo, tbd million
- 2004 - Panic! At The Disco, tbd million
- 2005 - AJR, tbd million
- 2006 - Metro Station, tbd million
- 2007 - Florence + the Machine, tbd million
- 2008 - Azealia Banks, tbd million
- 2008 - Major Lazer, tbd million
- 2008 - Clean Bandit, tbd million
- 2011 - CHVRCHES, tbd million
- TBD - The Creator of Artificial Intelligence

Note: this list will be kept up to date as I think of others who should be added/I can get the population numbers corrected.