Why do we call computer bugs "bugs", anyway? As the story goes, pioneer computer programmer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper coined the phrase in the early 1940s.
Will printed media, like books and newspapers, soon be a thing of the past?
In the middle of the last century, British mathematician Alan Turing proposed the following test for determining whether a computer could think...on its own!
Is the day approaching where everyone in the world can own a computer?
Computers are great tools, but they can also be mystifying. Sometimes a program will just stop working correctly for no apparent reason. It could just be a random glitch that can be solved by restarting the machine, but sometimes the solution is not so simple, especially if at the root of the problem lurks a computer virus. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
According to a report published in the journal Environment Science & Technology , computers are more environmentally abusive than we tend to think. Microchips, those tiny and much heralded silicon wafers that allow computers to do their thing, are voracious consumers of water, fossil fuels, chemicals, and gasses such as nitrogen.
You may not realize it now, but current computers are going to be obsolete in a few years. Find out how on this Moment of Science.