Like it or not, people are going to continue to post variations of the "How do I get started in AI" question. No matter how many get closed and marked off-topic, they're going to keep showing up. And closing them, while arguably "correct" in a pedantic sense, is not contributing to a good user experience for users of this site. It's especially galling that we're going to leave bad taste in the mouth of newbies who are just trying to get started, only to (from a subjective, personal perspective) have a door slammed in their face.
I feel like we need to do something to address this. An obvious choice would be to write a "getting started guide" and link to it somewhere in the sidebar on the right hand side of the page. Another option might be to pick one of the existing "getting started" questions", pin it to the front-page somehow (might take special support from SE staff??) and make it the one, sole, "blessed" newbie thread.
Possibly there are other options, but I strongly feel that we need something in place to address this question.