I’m ready to replace the word “Computer”

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ENIAC computer viewed through smartphoneOkay, so we’ve reached 2013, firmly embedded in the 21st century, and I say it’s time to address an anachronism in our modern language.  Specifically, a word that needs to be replaced with something better.  A word from the last century that should stay in the 20th century, and needs to be substituted with a 21st century word better suited for our times.  The word is “computer.”

Maybe I really am the only one who thinks the word “computer” belongs in the 20th century, where it was born.  Maybe I’m the only one who thinks the word “computer” does not adequately describe the things our modern devices can do.  Maybe I’m the only one who thinks that using old words can hold us back and make it harder to envision their potential for growth and improvement.

But just in case I’m not… let’s talk. Continue reading

Robots: The successors to vampires and zombies?

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A robot in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (Amblin Entertainment)

A robot in “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (Amblin Entertainment)

The concept of humanoid robots—men created from mechanical parts—is almost as old as Science Fiction itself.  They have taken on many representations, from clearly-assembled hunks of shiny metal and plastic, to creations that seem so close to human that they may have sprung from a womb as opposed to a workshop or assembly line… and everything in-between.  Some of these variations were chosen to emphasize some aspect of the story, such as their physical prowess, their strength, or their calculating skills.  Others have been created to be virtually indistinguishable from a man.  But they all have had one thing in common.

They were—and continue to be—impossible to create. Continue reading