Dude, where’s my autonomous car?
Last week’s Economist published a series of articles on the limitations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Seen Here).
Long story short, they said that AI is overhyped in regards to self driving cars, which have yet to materialize, as the title indicates (taken from the Economist sense of humour). There is simply too much complexity for autonomous vehicles to become available any time soon.
That brought up considerations of autonomous UV-C disinfection robots vs. our non-autonomous SpeedyCare line. The advantages of non-autonomous products come to mind immediately. It is simple to move around by a trained operator. The operator can be housekeeping or cleaning personnel. There is no need to employ a rocket scientist with the computer skills needed to program the path and operation of an autonomous robot.
The spaces where operators move the UV-C disinfection robot do not need to be cleaned up of obstacles, such as cables, beds, tables, chairs, etc. The robot can be rolled into any space by the operator and can start disinfecting the area immediately. Hospital rooms, airports, migrant housing, hotels, schools, shopping malls: all of these environments will have unpredictable and dynamic environments. There will always be a black swan event for which the AI of an autonomous disinfection robot will have no pre programmed action.
It is nice to realize that our Human Intelligence is still useful…