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moment, it is preparing the results of particular examination, the next moment it is busy
preparing electricity bills, and in between, it may be helping an office secretary to trace
an important letter in seconds. All that is required to change its talent is to slip in a new
program (a sequence of instructions for the computer) into it. Briefly, a computer is
capable of performing almost any task provided that the task can be reduced to a series of
6. Power of Remembering. As a human being acquires new knowledge, the brain
subconsciously selects what it feels to be important and worth retaining in its memory,
and relegates unimportant details to the back of the mind or just forgets them. With
computers, that is not the case. A computer can store and recall any amount of
information because of its secondary storage (a type of detachable memory) capability.
Every piece of information can be retained as long as desired by the user and can be
recalled as and when required. Even after several years, the information recalled would
be as accurate as on the day when it was fed to the computer. A computer forgets or looses certain information only when it is asked to do so. So it is entirely up to the user to
make a computer retain or forget a particular information.
7. No I. Q. A computer is not a magical device. It can only perform tasks that a human
being can. The difference is that it performs these tasks with unthinkable speed and
accuracy. It possesses no intelligence of its own. Its I. Q. is zero, at least till today. It
has to be told what to do and in what sequence. Hence, only the user can determine what
tasks a computer will perform. A computer cannot take its own decision in this regard.
8. No Feelings. Computers are devoid of emotions. They have no feelings and no
instincts because they are machines. Although men have succeeded in building a
memory for the computer, but no computer possesses the equivalent of a human heart and
soul. Based on our feelings, taste, knowledge, and experience, we often make certain
judgements in our day-to-day lif...
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- Spring '14