One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(As a count noun.) A product which affects or improves one's mind. rare.
2Material (especially books) which provides mental stimulation.
3Computing. Software which closely imitates or interacts with the human mind; an artificial intelligence or virtual reality program.
4A person's mind, especially intellectual faculties or thought processes, regarded as variously analogous to computer software. Hence in extended use: human intelligence or expertise, especially seen as a commodity.
1970s; earliest use found in The Washington Post. From mind + ware.
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