The history of technology is full of predictions that now sound laughable. One of the most famous examples is credited to Bill Gates, who in 1981 is claimed to have said, "640 kilobytes ought to be enough for anybody." Predictions about artificial intelligence are no different; early AI researchers assumed that we'd have a robot that walked, talked, and thought like a human within decades. Of course, despite some awe-inspiring achievements in machine learning, AI still isn't there yet. That's because, according to a principle known as Moravec's paradox, we can teach machines to solve the hard problems, but it's the easy ones that are difficult.
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Written by Ashley Hamer June 11, 2018
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