The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

Mistaken extrapolations, limited imagination, and other common mistakes that distract us from thinking more productively about the future.

Chief scientist of Hanson Robotics, Ben Goertzel ©, ‘Han the Robot’ (R) and ‘Sophia the Robot’ (L) participate in a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017 — ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images

By Rodney Brooks

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics — hysteria about how powerful they…