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wet +‎ -ware

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wetware (uncountable)

  1. (slang) A human brain or mind as a computing element. Coined as a parallel to hardware and software. Common in the cyberspace genre of science fiction.
    • 2001, Dr. Peter Knight, Conspiracy Culture: From Kennedy to 'The X-Files[1], Routledge, ISBN 9780415189781, page 183:
      cyberpunk dream to leave behind the fallible "meat" or "wetware" of the body by entering the datasphere ...
    • 2012 March 18, Steve Lohr, “In Crosswords, It’s Man Over Machine, for Now”, NYT, accessed on 2012-09-17:
      Over the weekend, an impressive crossword-solving computer program, called Dr. Fill, which I wrote about earlier, matched its digital wits against the wetware of 600 of the nation’s best human solvers at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn.
  2. The underlying generative code for an organism, as found in the genetic material, in the biochemistry of the cells, or in the architecture of the body’s tissues.


  • (human brain as a computing element): liveware

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