In this article I want to explain an exercise that I have used with my students to explain that "complicated" question that some students ask us when we talk about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or even simply Robots.

## Do machines think or predict?

To explain this question in class I like to use this ancient mathematical method called «MonteCarlo», where by means of a small algorithm or sequence we can predict the PI number.

I will explain the exercise with two very intuitive videos. In the first one I show you the MonteCarlo Method in a graphic way and as with some simple math y a little bit of probability we can make the prediction as if we were a machine that never knew the number π.

In this second video I will tell you how we can program the algorithm in Python and be able to do the experiment n times to find the best approximation of the PI number.

I hope this interesting practice will help you to do in class and thus give students a vision of how a machine can predict a value that is unknown through a mathematical algorithm.