- (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.
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.
- 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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