Artificial intelligence, it turns out, can solve any problem

As long as we are not too persnickety about what we consider a solution… From an industry collection:

Agent kills itself at the end of level 1 to avoid losing in level 2 (2017)

Self-driving car rewarded for speed learns to spin in circles (2017)  More.

Reality check: It’s amazing how much advanced AI resembles a vast, helpless bureaucracy.

See also: Yes, the placebo effect is real, not a trick The fact that you may start to get better if you believe you are receiving treatment is one of the best-attested facts in medicine. Despite that, far from being accepted, this “placebo effect” is seen in many quarters as, at best, a “pesky thing” and at worst, a “trick,” if not a “fraud.”