Tides and Draw bridges

AI’s capabilities in pattern recognition can indeed give the impression of understanding, when in reality it’s purely data-driven. For example, by studying millions of boat routes over what would be equivalent to 10,000 human years, an AI system would identify patterns related to tides and drawbridges without actually comprehending these concepts. It may predict optimal navigation routes that avoid high tides or drawbridge lifts, but this doesn’t imply an understanding of marine science or civil engineering.

In essence, AI’s efficacy in these scenarios comes from its ability to discern statistical correlations within enormous datasets. It identifies repeated occurrences where boats avoid certain paths at specific times and integrates this information into its predictive model. While humans would interpret these avoided paths as being related to tides or drawbridge schedules, the AI algorithm remains agnostic to the ‘why.’ Its sole focus is on delivering the most efficient route based on observed data patterns.

Author: John Rector

John Rector is an AI Futurist who predicted the next word in business™, starting with his notable paper from 2015, "Mommy, What's a Cashier?" Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the practical applications of high technology, he assists clients in converting uncertainty into strategic advantages within a one-to-six-year framework. With leadership roles including IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, he has a diverse and impactful background. In the AI sector, he has set benchmarks through his contributions to Mind Media Group and Florrol, pioneering AI-based services and content generation. His investment initiative, Waterway Ventures, is committed to advancing promising AI startups. His creative ventures include founding Bodaro and graphic design studio Palm ❤️. In education, he has launched Nextyrn, which uses AI for personalized learning experiences, and in art, he leads Potyn, an initiative using AI to create bespoke pieces. His ever-expanding portfolio features companies like Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly. Operating from Charleston, SC, his current focus involves partnering with individuals and enterprises to develop innovative business models and processes for the rapidly approaching age of AGI.

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