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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




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.


(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 are some of the smart definitions in this encyclopedia.
 smartphone smartwatch smart speaker smart TV smart home smart appliance smart bulb smart display smart browsing smart tags smart cable smart car smart card smart city Smart Compose smart contract smart dust smartbook smart clothes smart garden smart grid smart gun smart luggage smart parking Smart Reply smart sensor smart radio

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.,
References in classic literature ?
I am very much obliged to you for your good opinion, Sir," said Tom Smart.
The light faded gently away, and Tom Smart fell back on his pillow, and dropped asleep.
Queer sort of thing, this," said Tom Smart, looking first at the chair and then at the press, and then at the letter, and then at the chair again.
A casual observer might have supposed he did it, only to show his white teeth; but Tom Smart thought that a consciousness of triumph was passing through the place where the tall man's mind would have been, if he had had any.
Good-morning ma'am," said Tom Smart, closing the door of the little parlour as the widow entered.
I don't know how it happened, gentlemen--indeed my uncle used to tell me that Tom Smart said he didn't know how it happened either--but somehow or other the palm of Tom's hand fell upon the back of the widow's hand, and remained there while he spoke.
I scorn to flatter, my dear ma'am," said Tom Smart.
IF," said Tom Smart, looking very shrewdly out of the right- hand corner of his left eye.
Pooh, nonsense, that's nothing," said Tom Smart, "I want money.
Gentlemen, I have heard my uncle say, that Tom Smart said the widow's lamentations when she heard the disclosure would have pierced a heart of stone.
Frightful, my dear ma'am; but compose yourself," said Tom Smart.
Oh, yes you will, my dear soul," said Tom Smart, letting fall a shower of the largest-sized tears, in pity for the widow's misfortunes.