Definition of wetware in English:



mass noun
  • 1Human brain cells or thought processes regarded as analogous to, or in contrast with, computer systems.

    ‘differences between the wetware of the brain and the hardware found in our PCs’
    • ‘The challenge of science is to overcome the constraints of our neurological wetware and understand a physical world that we know only second-hand and incompletely.’
    • ‘What about the software working with the wetware as they say - the person working with the machine.’
    • ‘Next, we combine the three images in software the way the wetware of your brain combines the signals from the red-, green-, and blue-sensitive cones in your retinas.’
    • ‘To accommodate their clients, Hanover installed some wetware - human beings - into the online shopping process.’
    • ‘You don't need messy human wetware - foul drunken journalists - and it's much more of an ‘end-to-end’ solution, whatever that may be.’
    • ‘There's more to web services than the promise of sacking your call center casual labor, and obliging the public to use fully automated self-service applications instead, of semi-automated human wetware.’
    1. 1.1 (chiefly in science fiction) computer technology in which the brain is linked to artificial systems, or used as a model for artificial systems based on biochemical processes.
      • ‘He and CR5 had made use of the ship's wetware downloading system to temporarily enhance his brain to the point where he could easily function in the absence of time.’
      • ‘As this happened, that you yourself would somehow be transferred from the wetware of the brain into the hardware of the microchip.’