The term wicked problems was coined by Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber, two scientists who worked at the University of California in 1973.
A wicked problem has 5 properties:
- There is a lot of disagreement about (solutions, approach, actions)
- There are many interrelationships
- There are many political and economic restrictions
- Is unique
- Cannot be solved by trail and error, a good solution must be found in one go because of impact
Wicked problems are social problems and cannot be solved by scientists because of the specific properties.
The opposite of a wicked problem is an Easy problem.
Easy problems are scientific problems. Take, for example, solving a math problem, or a physicist or biologist analyzing the structure of an unknown composition, or take a chess player who wants to checkmate someone in 5 chess.
The problem is definable, separable, structured and problems can be found, the mission is clear.
I was not aware of this when I wrote my book on the cause of degenerative diseases, and I can now substantiate why scientists will never find the solution for Alzheimers, ALS, etc.
It is a WICKED problem (my strength is in my intellectual ability and making connections) and not an EASY problem. Or as I thought of it myself: It is a circular problem and not a linear problem and therefore cannot be solved by linear thinking people.
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A.I. is an easy solution, Quantum is wicked!