The 2010's decade saw an eruption of progress from Neural Networks, Machine Learning, GAN's, and more. This progress and developments blew away the researchers that follow these industries, companies that worked on this tech themselves, and even the average laymen who has little to no experience with these fields all together. The march for the inevitable AGI/ASI seems bright and promising (while still holding onto debates on what "AGI" or "ASI" actually is), however, obstacles such as funding, lack of research, ethical issues, and more challenge this progress.
Now, the way we will achieve AGI may come in many forms, with many doubting that current methods will lead us there. BCI's, for example, could open a new explosion of research and progress. In-fact akin to nanotechnology I feel that news of new breakthroughs will seemingly come out of nowhere, and will escalate from nothing to something very quickly. Also, the media and the general public gaining awareness of these matters has also risen in recent years, which I believe is great.
Essentially, my point is that the current progress will only probably get us so far, and I fear that there may be gap in time between one field of evolution to the next. A loss of momentum could damage the public eye, and people will go back to assuming that these technologies are still a "long time away", even though they grip us when we're the most doubtful.
So, do any of you think we'll be slowing down anytime soon?