modified on 12/10/14


Why has progress toward broad, flexible, human-like AI been so slow? I suggest the key reason is that, in recent years, few researchers have actually focused on this goal. Instead they have focused on achieving super-human (but brittle) performance in a few narrow problem domains. That is a valuable enterprise, but some attention should also be paid to the original – and still unachieved – goal stated decades ago by the founders of the AI field.