Essay by sinadarula June 2003

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Why, you may ask does a washing machine need complete discretionary control over all its internal functions? Efficiency is the simple answer. That's what artificial intelligence is all about. This world is advancing through technology and of course we are advancing in every possible way too, for the benefit of our customers. Every bit of life needs to progress so is with the new and enhanced washing machine, the SoftWash 2000. This machine has beeen made to save people time and to keep up to date with today.

Suppose you throw a clean T-shirt into your old washing machine. You set the dial and away it starts. Twenty minutes later, you have wasted five gallons of water and 20 kilowatts of electricity. Not to mention the wear and tear your old rotating machine can cause to your shirt's fabric. Besides which, you now have a clean shirt which, by the way, now needs to be dried.

But that isn't the worst part of it. If you were to turn the dial again and start the wash cycle all over, your machine would do the exact same thing. Wasted water, wasted energy, wasted time. Your machine is incapable of learning from its mistakes.

However, if you place that same shirt in the new SoftWash 2000, its ChoiceChip microprocesor will immediately scan the shirt for dirt and stains. Finding none, it will take no further action than to light up the "cycle completed" light on its control panel without having wasted a millilitre of water, a micro joule of electricity, or a nano-second of your time. Now suppose you actually do need to do some real laundry.

Do you have time to sort the light colourd fabrics from the dark colourd fabrics? Of course not. Just throw them all in together.