@lucasrizoli The Cyberpunk TTRPG calls all handheld computers “Agents” in its text (presumably from PDA derivation). I was disappointed in Cyberpunk 2077 to find it was just labeled “Phone” in the UI and haven’t heard any character yet refer to one as their Agent.
@lucasrizoli I’ve been joking for years that “phone” is the modern word for computer and we just have to accept that. (AT&T was right in the 50s that would happen, but for the wrong reasons.) So far lapphone and deskphone haven’t caught on for the traditional PC form factors, but give it time…
My attempt to convince people we should call “3-D Printers” as “fax machines” so that we can call what they “print” “faxes” is less likely to happen. (What else do you call it? “3-D printed thing” yikes.)
@lucasrizoli In some ways “phone” is a better word for the noun of a device that “computes” than “computer”. That -er suffix comes from “person who does” and it probably is healthier not to indirectly/implicitly refer to devices as people.
(Then of course there’s the fact that using it as a device noun obscures and undignifies the real Hidden Figures style history of people who did that work when it job title, not a device.)
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