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    It's been 5 or 10 years from happening for about 50 years

    All-purpose robots are not, of course, a new vision. "It's been 5 or 10 years from happening for about 50 years," says Eric Berger, co-director of the program.

    I'm not clear about what the sentence underlined means. What has been 5 or 10 years, the vision of all-purpose robots?
    What has been happening for 50 years, the vision of robots?

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    Re: It's been 5 or 10 years from happening for about 50 years

    As long ago as 50 years, people were predicting that these robots were only 5 or 10 years away. Of course it didn't happen. That idea that they are so close to having this technology that it could be as few as 5 years is a very old idea.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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