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Saturday 20 September 2014

Ten tech terms we could do without

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1) Cyberspace: What does it mean, anyway? It was first used in 1984 by Science fiction author William Gibson, who defined it as "a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts”. He later said described the term as “essentially meaningless”. Let that be an end to it.
2) Artificial intelligence: Applied broadly – for every clever new thing people teach computers to do – it becomes meaningless. Applied strictly – for when computers really can reason like humans - we are still a very long way off (see Jude Law, above).
10) Search engine: Nobody does use it in the real world, they use the name of whichever engine happens to be their favourite. If you want some examples, Bing it...
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