# Urkel invented Artificial Intelligence in 1991!
In the episode, Robo-Nerd, Urkel created "Urkel-Bot" to help benefit mankind through artificial intelligence. Steve immediately declared his robot could converse, think, and moon walk on his own. The Soong Foundation would later develop the same technology in 2338 with the android Data and his positronic siblings. Data spent years seeking to learn about human behaviors and feel emotions.
But Urkel-Bot felt emotions the first day he was activated! The pop-and-lock discount RoboCop immediately fell in love with Laura Winslow.
"I chose to believe that I was a person, that I had the potential to become more than a collection of circuits and sub-processors." Data- 2369
"Forget it cutie....I'm much better looking and 4000x smater."- Urkel Bot-1991
# Time Travel!
In 1997 Urkel also developed time travel in the episode, A Pirate's Life for Me. Out of universe, this was the last original episode broadcast by ABC even though it took place before the space flight finale. This anomaly quickly alerted the Department of Temporal Investigations of Urkel's prime directive violation.
Time travel became a staple of the Federation and Starfleet operations. By the 23rd century, Starfleet even engaged in routine missions in the past. Most famously time travel allowed James T. Kirk to purposefully travel back in time to find a species of whale that had gone extinct by the 23rd century because unfortunately Blackfish was never released in this timeline.
(Another article will explain how a transporter botch and time duplicate from this film may have inadvertently created the series Seventh Heaven with shared star: Catherine Hicks)
The 20th century was obviously important in Star Trek's future because every crew traveled there. The culture, music, and trappings of this time period are so integral to the Federation because it gave birth to the inventor of all the amazing devices that made the utopia future possible.
Urkel's innovations however also carried a dark legacy. The clandestine seizure of his most well-known invention in 1995 meant that: