Unseen Passage: Myth about Computers

There is a myth that there is something magical about computers and those who run them. The legend has got about that computers are ‘electronic brains’ and that programmers are some sort of supermen. The facts are that computers are very stupid and the people who programme them are normal human beings. Anyone who can count from 0 to 7 on his or her fingers and make eight can learn to be a programmer. The business is not difficult, just tricky. It is very misleading to imagine that computers can ‘think’ like people. They cannot. They have no mind of their own like a lawn. However, they make it possible for people to ‘bottle’ thought. You work out how to do a particular job or solve a problem. Write a programme and the computer will apply your thinking to that job or problem as long and as often as you like. In this sense computers are half alive because they perpetuate the thinking of their creators.

Q. Complete the following sentences:

  1. Computers cannot think like ………………………………….
  2. Computers are like lawn-mowers because ………………………………….
  3. Computers make one thing possible for people to ………………………………….
  4. Computers are half alive as they …………………………
  5. Give the meaning of
    1. Myth
    2. Creator

Answer

  • people
  • they don’t have a mind of their own.
  • bottle thought.
  • perpetuate the thinking of their creators.
  • Meaning are:
    • An ancient traditional perception
    • One who creates

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