I think AI is the first invention, or realization, that most likely depends on unified theory to the extent that, by creating a finished product, even if imperfect, will be a catalyst to the establishment of a unified template for all future processes.
We have in place, established compartments such as the periodic table, where chemical compounds could be viewed as the cognitive synergy of that model.
Likewise, the study of time displays a similar model, where specific function blends from one to another, yet also relies on indirect interaction with separate functions located throughout the model, to establish ideas and shapes. The flow of time accomplishes this by layers of finite recurring sets, moving in separate directions. Sort of like the spinning wheel or propeller that appears stationary.
For example, if I plug Jung and Freud into this system for analysis, I find that in the 260 section consciousness model, moving counterclockwise, they are born on the exact same day. 1 out of 260. But, in the other model of 36 sections, moving clockwise, they are in different compartments. By function, their similarities are illustrated and known in the 260, and the difference in the 36 illustrates their differences. If we had known that, Freud’s sexual content could have been compartmentalized into the proper perspective, and years of needless discussion and angst would have been avoided. His projection differentiated from the needed information.
If areas of learning, are paired with inherent talents of a given set, then it must also correlate with function, and periodicity. These in turn must also conform to known processes that differentiate between material processes and consciousness processes. Calendars.
We are arriving at a product driven by a process. I would earnestly explore that process, to duplicate it. If there is a process and model that predicts the creation of AI and robots, in space and time, then it would be capable of predictive abilities beyond our imagination. The idea is generated in one wheel, and the process dictated in another, such that when they align, the product becomes manifest.