Do you know what a computer is?

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What is a computer?

A gadget that sits on or under your desk that does things like FaceBook, e-mails, forms, movies and games
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A gadget that does all the above and can be smaller and portable
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A thing that makes sense of stuff (hence the expression "Does not compute" meaning "doesn't make sense")
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A novalty thing that kids these days worship
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A fancy calculator
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Windows
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A really smart electronic device
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An electronic device that can do increasingly more things except offer human companion and trust
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Desktops PC's and laptops
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A cyber thing that uses the power of cyberworld to do things and store stuff digitally
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Aliens
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Magic
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A job (archaic) or device (usually electronic) that can be instructed (or programmed) to perform a set of arithmetic or logical operations automatically
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Do you know what a computer is?

Postby Doctor Azo » Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:12 pm

The majority of the people in the world don't, that includes some (if not most) of those who use one everyday.

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For those who know what they're talking about:

1. What has the revolution of modern computers brought to society?

2. What has it taken away or made obsolete?

3. What about compensations?

4. Do you think it's done more, equal or less good than bad?

5. What about envisions for the future because of them and the internet? What potentials are there?

My answers:

1. It has brought in many new jobs, complimented others, boosted many economies, changed the way to how we think and act as a society, changed routines, boosted aid and support, allowed new materials and discoveries and sped up many other things from trade to education. It has also made a huge impact on the entertainment industry, mostly positive. It has lead to greater consumption in some raw materials, increased wastage and brought new or increased existing dangers but also reduced or even eliminated some too. It has allowed us to learn, share, and easily socialise, open up, stay in touch, etc so much more too thanks to the global network of computers.

2. Privacy post 90's has been put in jeopardy. The paper, print and book industry has also taken a nose-dive especially after the internet boom of the 2000's, where the world saw it's biggest growth in internet access and usage....postage, especially letters, included. Game stores has also made less sells in latter years due to downloads instead of physical copies. The same can be said for orders over phone, phone calls in general, physical copies of music (i.e MP3 instead of CD's), cinema visits (affordable high quality set-ups for playing movies at home) as well as other visits to stores and services. Also jobs for processing data and such has long since been given out to computing devices.

3. It's become easier to keep tabs on and track down criminals. Books and other print take a lot of room and is far less environmentally friendly than digital records. Letters are particularly disposable, meaning more resources wasted or energy to recycle. Costs of e-mail vs. print is also much lower especially when considering over-seas delivery too. The same goes for purchases of digital media including games. With ordering, or even check-outs, shops often use digital records instead of print too. Cinemas like most businesses benefit from cost-and-waste saving computers too and can use them to provide movies instead of huge film reels and inefficient mechanical projectors. Many accountants and other people working with numbers, currency, statistics, logistics, masses of data/information, etc enjoy the ability and performance of computers to make their job easier and more productive. This is only a small drop of the benefits brought.

4. It's brought more good in the world than bad. At worst, it's open a door to new forms of crime and lead to many untrained workers to have no choice but to adapt and have crash courses in something some of them are afraid of. But it has also created new jobs, businesses and compliments many existing ones too. It has driven prices of many things down and made our lives more comfortable in the long run and yet to do more. Some old crimes have gone down too or made obsolete, which may go further as modern tech and education improves. Computers and the internet has facilitated cheap education and helped with science and research immensely.

5. Realistically we may only see modest improvements in the coming years and still not without downfalls and such. Idealistically however the good of modern tech has only just begun and already it has potential to greatly reduce crime, protect and support the environment, reduce poverty, educate everyone effectively, improvement lives and comfort as well as health, entertain many and boost the economy far beyond. Computers are fast and brilliant with manipulating numbers and can be much more reliable and secure if all is done right - it's especially handy for solving many problems we face today especially for science and mathematics. The internet is brilliant for sharing information, moving data around and can lower our impact on our environment and allowing computers today to reach their full potential. However, that's easier said than done - some people are stuck in their old ways and refuse to learn. People here also are selfish and want gratification now, rather than work together for a brighter future for our older selves and children. Many of us could be living a safer, healthier, sustainable yet comfortable life now but when talking about people and their differences and arrogance, that's still is a long way off.

Overall: Some bad, some good, some great. Could be much more great though....
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Re: Do you know what a computer is?

Postby dykath » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:50 am

just a small article about what a computer is.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/a ... re/399014/
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Re: Do you know what a computer is?

Postby Doctor Azo » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:29 am

Even Apple doesn't know what a computer is: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202236

In order to communicate over the Internet, computers and other devices must have sender and receiver addresses.


Well, they don't make proper computers anyway. A proper computer is re-programmable and flexible, not like their rigid systems. :SB:P
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Re: Do you know what a computer is?

Postby dykath » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:57 am

Doctor Azo wrote:5. What about envisions for the future because of them and the internet? What potentials are there?


the singularity.
if you don't know here is a wiki page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

I personally think that computers will not get much faster than they are now without radical redesign of how we make CPU's and other processor types. so with that being said, it's not the hardware that will grow better it's the software running on it that will run more efficiently and take us petty humans into a golden age of technological advancement into the future. and who knows what other crazy things we will be able to do working alongside the A.I.'s of tomorrow.

also some TED talks about A.I.'s


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Re: Do you know what a computer is?

Postby Doctor Azo » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:46 am

There are limits to how efficient software can get. Many software engineers focus on features more than efficiency and even performance though, so there's still a lot of room for improvement for some.
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Re: Do you know what a computer is?

Postby Doctor Azo » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:42 pm

https://gcn.com/articles/2017/09/06/moon-computer.aspx

Hahahahaa....I'm pretty sure NASA has already sent a computer to the moon and back (like in craft and roamers) and there's already been ones in space more times than you've played games, as most satellites and the ISS contain them....even a Raspberry Pi has been sent into space. The funniest thing however is the fact that article (which is probably actually false) used a laptop in their graphic. Yeah, a personal computer is going to be so useful there especially when there's no one there to use it and probably wouldn't be for years.

Computers are not personal computers. Computers are friggin' devices or systems that can be instructed to perform sets of arithmetic and logical operations or functions on data automatically are super versatile data processors. ANYTHING THAT DOES THAT CAN BE CALLED A COMPUTER, EVEN IF IT'S POWERED BY WATER.

It's not hard to tell what's a computer, contains a computer or relies on one. Nearly any digital processor does but in the strictest sense now it needs to be versatile, programmable, automatic or configurable to do routines, runs or can run software or an operating system and has memory in where to work said data.
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