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the human brain, considered functionally similar to computer hardware or software


n. Informal
The human central nervous system considered as a computing device or part of a computing device.

[On the model of hardware and software.]


1. (Computer Science) the nervous system of the brain, as opposed to computer hardware or software
2. (Computer Science) the programmers, operators, and administrators who operate a computer system, as opposed to the system's hardware or software


the human nervous system, esp. the brain, when thought of as functionally equivalent to computer hardware and software.
[1985–90; probably from the novels of Rudy Rucker, science-fiction writer and mathematician]
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A: You raise a fair point: Our species has perfected the hardware and software aspects of networking but the wetware upgrades are incomplete, and the end users need training.
Dicho uso ocurre con frecuencia en la lengua general, pero tambien se presenta en ambitos especializados, principalmente en el lenguaje escrito, en el que su uso seria menos frecuente (Fischer 2008, citado por Bouwman 2017); por ejemplo: benchmark, commodities, venture capital (economia), fixture, hard tag, wetware (tecnologia), backflip, furlong (deportes).
Further advances in 'waveware' (the application of increased energy capabilities from battery storage to non-kinetic energy weapons), 'wetware' (human performance modification and new man-machine interfaces), 3D printing, and quantum computer processing speeds will exacerbate these dramatic changes in currently inconceivable ways.
(18) The survival mechanism is based on predictive mental models and pattern recognition "wetware" to appraise threat in the current situation.
Bridle looks to so-called "centaur chess" as a way forward for our wetware: computers may now effortlessly beat the grandest of masters at the game, but one of the defeated, Garry Kasparov, has developed a fight-back method, in which humans partnered with computers can indeed regain the podium.
INFORMATION warfare is a broad term which covers concepts like intellectual, logic warfare, cyber terrorism (terrorism against information-processing systems like net-ware through virus attacks and wetware or mind), electro-magnetic energy weapons, cyber-weapons, stealth unmanned combat platforms, and so on.
But rather than hardware, inside our skulls we have wetware with a finite processing capacity.
While some companies are focusing on legacy threats such as malware and ransomware, we're zeroing in on the target that will dominate the next decade wetware. To combat this, we've designed a mobile platform that will serve as the first line of defense against human-centric attacks, such as phishing.
He notes that many of the experts building AI systems believe our minds are essentially computers, or "wetware"--a notion of computationalism that ignores the possibility of a spiritual realm or the benefits of systems thinking that is inclusive of the surrounding environment.
However, a key foundational hypothesis in artificial intelligence is that minds are computational entities of a special sort--that is, cognitive systems--that can be implemented through a diversity of physical devices (a concept lately reframed as substrate independence [Bostrom 2003]), whether natural brains, traditional general-purpose computers, or other sufficiently functional forms of hardware or wetware.
Robert Rabbin; THE SACRED HUB; Wetware Media (Nonfiction: Body, Mind & Spirit) ISBN: 9780997141665