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    The AI systems are already doing it. There are computer systems that are able to ready the addresses on letters and packages to quickly determine which direction they should go on conveyors. There are already autonomous vehicles driving around. In our production facility, the paper rolls that weigh over 2,000 pounds are traveling on little trollies. The trollies have computers and will go around people. My vacuum cleaner at home makes decisions about where it is going to vacuum and doesn't run over the cats.
    You are confusing AI with an algorithm...

    The best examples, because you can see results in action are AI systems to play video games (the funniest being the tetris AI that played until the levels quit counting up and then it hit pause and never returned to the game)...

    Anyway, Mario Bros is one of the AI challenges, to design an AI that would learn how to play and beat Mario. The winner? It was not an AI at all, it was an A* pathfinding algorithm adjusted to avoid obstacles... the next best was the genetic algorithm after about 100 generations.

    So, your algorithm read Barcode -> determine destination -> pick route is an algorithm, there's no learning required because there's no new destinations added ever, and if there is, then it's just added to the algorithm.

    The AI of the roomba is just the algorithm to find out the edges of a space and calculates the best path.... that's still an algorithm + a sensor to prevent collisions. Because the machine can effectively stop on a dime, the algorithm is more than adequate.

    Looking at the decisions made when driving, are FAR more complex... there's no single algorithm that could determine all of that, and even with a set of appropriate algorithms you need the decision of what is appropriate and when...

    It might seem a small distinction but it makes a big difference.

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    Yet, there are driverless cars on the road now that have already clocked over a million miles.

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    Yet, there are driverless cars on the road now that have already clocked over a million miles.
    Yes, that's true... There are a lot of terrible drivers that manage to not get into accidents.

    There are also somewhere around 10x reported accidents and near misses, because the systems make certain assumptions.

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