Wild IT

Posted by Sabrina Sturm Tue, 09 Apr 2013 07:16:00 GMT

Often, successful product innovations are inspired by taking a look at nature, for example, jet propulsion, which is based on the recoil propulsion system found in jellyfish and octopi. So it is not surprising that information technology also looks to nature for inspiration. IT appears to have a soft spot for the animal world, how else can you explain all the animal-based IT terminology? – from bug (software flaw) to Python (a programming language) to Trojan Horse (malware). An in-depth list of such terms can be found here.

So far, so good. But the question arises: How much “animal” can IT bear? Some time ago, CHIP Online ran an article about the new "device zoo" in companies. Now Apple is claiming that "the new iPhone should assume the characteristics of a cat." Now, zoological terminology in IT is nothing new, but how exactly is one to picture this? You could quickly get the wrong idea, after all, “cat” in IT lingo describes a computer-assisted translation. This has, however, nothing to do with Siri, Apple´s speech assistant for the iPhone. On the contrary, here it is about the hardware: The new iPhone, if dropped, should behave like a cat: Just as a falling cat always manages to land on its feet, the iPhone should, if it is dropped, always land on the stronger housing part and thus be more durable.

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