in the 1980s, Robots were “the thing” but then in the 1990s, anything robots or artificial intelligence seemed “old-fashioned”.

We might need robots to fix the robots when *they* break but yes, I agree with you both. It’s funny to me; in the 1980s, Robots were “the thing” but then in the 1990s, anything robots or artificial intelligence seemed “old-fashioned”. I never thought they’d come back as “a thing”.

Then, somewhere around 2003/4, I started seeing little bits and pieces of robot stuff and AI stuff and now they’re both much more active areas of research.

They call the inbetween period, “AI Winter”. They can trace it back to the total abandonment of 5th generation computer systems; we’re still on 4th generation computer systems - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AI_winter - and I’m glad after what seemed like a VERY LONG delay.. that things are picking up speed again.

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