What is a computer?



an electronic device which is capable of receiving information (data) in a particular form and of performing a sequence of operations in accordance with a predetermined but variable set of procedural instructions (program) to produce a result in the form of information or signals.

Derivition: 1640-50; compute + -er1; compare Middle French computeur


 Artificial Intelligence?

There is a lot of talk about AI these days.  Artificial Intelligence is a computer system that, in Theory, able to think like a human or perform actions that normally only humans should be able to do.  Is it possible, though?  Is 3CPO from Star Wars a possibility?

Or is it all Science Fiction?

There is a number of so-called AI's in the world today.  Google has one, Facebook has one too, Microsoft, etc., etc.  So, what is the answer here?

A computer is capable of feats just so long as one does not make the mistake that it is thinking.  It isn't thinking.  But it sure can be made to look like something that thinks.  In actual fact, the ones doing the thinking are the computer system designer, the programer, and the user.

Is there such a thing, then, as AI?  Artificial Intelligence - how intelligent is it?  As long it is programmed and design by people and used by other people it will always depend upon inputs from programmers and users.

This is not the point, though.

Let's look at what computers are for.  Operating a computer is not operating a calculator.  A computer is not something which "eases the work" or "saves time" or "permits staff to do other things."  They are a tool with mammoth capabilities.  A computer is something that increases productivity and makes us able to do incredible things.  A computer is a TOOL.  Something to be used, not something to replace thinkingness - one needs to think, nothing will replace that.

Sorry for the bad news...