Many would argue that Moravec 's view of the future of Al is unlikely. The arrival dates of his universal robots are particularly bold. At the beginning of this book, it was noted that Al 's history can be viewed in terms of the progress of two strands of research: research into robotics and research into the general question of cognitive capacities .
At the time of writing, an affordable robot vacuum cleaner has just come onto the market. Robotics is stepping out of the academic research lab and into the world of global industry. This move promises real progress. It is unlikely that an engineering project as advanced as the Sony Dream Robot could have been developed in an academic setting.