Ten Tech Terms We Can Now Retire
February 20 2013 by ChiefExecutive.net
The 10 tech terms that the Daily Telegraph’s technology editors say are well past their sell-by date:
- 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.
- 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.
- Surf the web When the internet was new, you could frivolously look around to see what silly things were there. Now that everything is online, what you can do while “surfing” ranges from the very silly to the very serious.
- Webcam Increasingly they are built into computers. Besides, the term was ruined for everyone in the UK by David Cameron’s appropriation for Webcameron.
- Tape (verb) It has been a long time since any tape was involved. But what else do you say? Sky+it, TiVo-it?
- Hyperlink Should go the way of the omnibus, a link no longer needs to be hyper.
- Smartphone As phones all become smart, soon or later we will have to drop the prefix, or think of a new term altogether.
- Set-top box With the flatness of today’s television, not much can perch on the top.
- Floppy disk Nobody uses them any more, and they never were floppy anyway.
- Search engine Nobody does use it in the real world, they use the name of whichever engine happens to be their favorite. If you want some examples, Bing it.