AI Taking Your Job? Relax. It Can't Even Pour You a Drink.
Roopinder Tara posted on October 08, 2017 | 10589 views
The perfect bartender, as per Hollywood. Picture by Jamie Trueblood, Columbia Pictures)
The perfect bartender, as per Hollywood, is an Android. Picture from Passengers movie by Columbia Pictures

Quick with a joke or a light of your smoke. That's not AI. Not yet.

Michael Sheen plays the perfect bartender in Passengers, a sci flick. He is as chatty as he needs to be as he makes the perfect cocktail for his guests, two of them that wake up prematurely on an interstellar voyage. As the camera looks behind the bar, the bartender is shown to be standing on robotic legs. 

But bartending, as dissected by those more familiar with AI than Hollywood, is a rather complex set of decisions and actions. For a technology that has only recently figured out what one-year olds all know (who is their mom? what is a cat?, “simple” things we take for granted) AI will seem to be hopelessly incapable of even pouring us a drink.

From Popular Science, Sep/Oct 2017
Bartending dissected by Popular Science, Sep/Oct 2017

Autonomous vehicles able to safely negotiate a neighborhood are millions of miles from a 16 year old with a month of drivers ed, for example. However, we have seen self-driving cars on TV and in the movies since there have been TVs and movies.

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