One of my old professors (wasn’t even my professor but I chatted with him at lot back in 1990/1991…I wanted to learn LISP from him but I had to go through pre-requisites first like Pascal and I had to leave college due to lack of $$$ before I could get to his AI / neural networking courses).
Anyway, he’d occasionally send me things in the mail (snail mail) through the years.
About 16 years ago, he sent me an article about somebody offering a $1,000,000 prize (or $100,000 prize?) for solving the Minesweeper problem.
A little yellow sticky on it said, “You don’t think like the others do. You can solve this”.
Well, I did. But I knew they wouldn’t like my answer and I wouldn’t get the money. I do think differently. They wanted an algorithmic solution. But my answer was simpler: a social solution, a hacking solution an “attack the problem from the side” solution.
Any problem is solvable. Where the issue comes in is: What answers will you refuse to accept?