As kids, we expected to one day drive a flying car. Or own a personal jetpack. For decades, we've been hearing that work will be replaced with leisure time as soon as a robot housekeeper comes on the market. But none of us flies to work, and we all do our own cooking and cleaning. What happened? Why have so few of the predictions made about technology come true?
First, we don't have enough investors willing to take risks on the kind of long-term investment that such development requires. We've also been looking at the problem in the wrong way. As David Eagleman told Big Think in a recent interview, "if we want to solve the AI problem we need to approach it in the same way Mother Nature did" -- that is, developing overlapping, flexible solutions rather than focusing on a single one.
But there's still hope. The groundbreaking discoveries are still happening at an amazing pace. The trick is figuring out how to bring them to life.