It was a bit of a myth that the machines never got tired; they could have trouble computing. The trick wasn’t to give them a complex problem; they would happily crunch away at those till arriving at a solution. Analysis paralysis was the only way the resistance could create thinking difficulties for software. We kept adding choices to simple, everyday things, nuggets or a burger? Fries with that? Diet or regular? Many novice algorithms were trapped by the order box at your favorite drive-thru.

Use the comments to complete the following, “Don’t mess with me, mister, or ____.”

A photo of a large sculpture depicting the difficulty software has computing when it has run out of resources.


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