Computer applications

What is a computer? – Computer applications

A broad range of industrial and consumer products use computers* as control systems. Simple special-purpose devices like microwave ovens and remote controls are included, as are factory devices like industrial robots. There are general-purpose devices as well like personal computers and mobile devices like smartphones which are capable to run a lot of different applications.* Computers power the Internet, which links billions of other computers and users.

In this context, universal means that today's computers are extremely and amazingly versatile. In the first place, the programs are what enable computers to perform a wide range of tasks. To be more specific, computers are suitable to perform, in one way or another, almost any data processing task. Therefore present-day computers provide an enormous number of applications in almost all areas of the modern economy and society.

Some of the more important applications are as follows:

In addition to the purely data processing applications, the capability of computers of being able to control other machines is of vital importance. We can try the RoboMind robot simulation program to get a basic idea of how the computer control works.

Boda István, 2023.