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Offline Takashi

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« on: October 16, 2020, 05:34:42 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the second sentence.

"The computer, perhaps the most important single development of our time, is a complex electronic machine which can be "programmed"---i.e., adjusted to select an appropriate response to a vast number of stimuli. Programming means that cells within the machine are so adjusted that they will be activated in a particular way by outside stimuli."

Could you tell me if "cells" here means a technical term, such as "memory cells" or "the smallest units of living matter all animals or plants are made of"?
If it means the latter, the word is used figuratively, but I've been wondering how the metaphor works in terms of responding to stimuli.

Thank you very much.

Takashi

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Re: cells
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2020, 07:02:27 pm »
It is metaphorical - but the image works well.
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Re: cells
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2020, 03:35:17 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Mr Baker!

Everything is clear now.

I really appreciate it.


Takashi