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(of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control


Christopher. 1722--71, British poet, author of A Song to David (1763) and Jubilate Agno (written 1758--63, published 1939). He was confined (1756--63) for religious mania and died in a debtors' prison
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Said of a program that does the Right Thing in a wide variety of complicated circumstances. There is a difference between calling a program smart and calling it intelligent; in particular, there do not exist any intelligent programs (yet - see AI-complete).

Compare robust (smart programs can be brittle).


Incorporating some kind of digital electronics.
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(1) (SMART) (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) See SMART HDD.

(2) A popular tech term that implies computer driven. Technically, every computer-based device is smart (see intelligence). Following in alphabetical order are some of the smart definitions in this encyclopedia.

 smart appliance smart bulb smart display smart browsing smart cable smart camera smart car smart card smart city smart client smart clothes Smart Compose smart contract

  smart cooling (see  datacenter cooling).

   Smart Cover smart display smart dust smartbook smart clothes smart display

  smart display (see  video doorbell)

   smart dust smart garden smart grid smart gun smart highway smart home smart install program

  smart label (see  RFID tag)

   smart LED TV smart lock smart luggage smart meter smart monitor smart parking smartphone Smart radio Smart Reply smart sensor

  smart shirt (see  smart clothes)

   smart skin smart speaker smart radio smart tags smart TV smart TV app smartwatch smart weapon

Even the Fridge Is Smart
In case you forget what's in the fridge, this Samsung unit takes a photo every time the door closes, and its contents can be viewed while in the supermarket. (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd.,
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