Is it a beauty pageant or a political debate? I sort of like these questions as it reveals a thoughtful character. What I dislike is that a politically correct sound bite must be given in place of a thoughtful, nuanced answer if the contestant wants to remain in contention. With years of preparation on the line, contestants literally can’t afford to tell the truth.
Craig is absolutely right about this. A more recent anology is the failed promise of nuclear fusion. Alchemy, cold fusion, and AI may happen someday, but not any time soon.
Interesting thought exercise: Imagine an Internet without Google search and Google ads. One would be missed. The other would not.