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The similarity between computer repair and medicine

As a pc repair technician, I am exposed to thousands of different computer issues each year. Over the past few months, as new viruses develop and old ones grow more complicated, I have notived a striking similarity between the methods and approaches used to "treat" the infected computer.

Even the terms, "virus" and "infection" have a biological connotation that is more than coincidental. So, if the terms, and even approaches to resolving computer issues are similar to problems faced in the medical field, why couldnt research into how computer viruses grow and operate lead to medical advances?

The best example I have is the Conduit virus. I first encountered it back in February of 2013, on a pc that was running so slowly there was no question that it was a virus. The traditional scans and other means of detecting viruses at that time showed no indication that there was an infection. By going back and looking for the symptoms, I was able to diagnose the culprit, which happened to be a simple executable that had recently been installed. It was downloading and installing other programs, and once the process of removing it was started, it fought back, mostly by locking up the computer, but also by installing programs that altered our ability to remove the virus.

The entire thing held for me the connotation that there is a possible link between biological and electronic infections that might be more than just topical.

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    Oct 17 2013: Fascinating..........I wish I knew more on the subject to participate.

    May I offer a suggestion?

    If you search for TED talks in the field of medicine, and link the talks to your conversation (you need to edit your conversation to do edit button)....then your conversation will pop up under those talks. And chances are that someone in the medical field, or computer field might be able to talk with you on this topic.

    Hope you do not mind the suggestion.
    I'm Mary.
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      Oct 17 2013: Hi, Mary, thanks. I didn't know that.
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        Oct 17 2013: You're welcome Sean.
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    Oct 24 2013: There is a big difference between a PC and a human.
    If a PC doesn't behave as you expect you can try to reboot and in the very worst case such as a bad case of virus, you can wipe out everything and just install everything from scratch.
    Unfortunately, neither rebooting nor wiping the HD works well on humans (although it would be nice)
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      Oct 25 2013: Hehe.. that's very true and funny. I've used up my thumb-up on you. But I have to say I can't agree with you more. :)
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        Oct 25 2013: lol...Yoka you are funny.....btw, is Yoka a boy's or a girl's name ?
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          Oct 26 2013: Thank you~:) I think you're funny too. Can you make a guess on "Yoka"s gender?:))))

          I'm very glad to see your comments because some of them look like that they were from my heart, sometimes I can also learn a lot from some others of yours.
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        Oct 26 2013: Hi Yoka, the way you express yourself I think you are female.
        My chance of being right is 50 % I suppose ;-)

        Btw, we all can learn from others all the time. Even in cases when we have completely opposite views. Sometimes these different views can stimulate different lines of thought.

        Good to see you around !
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          Oct 26 2013: Hi~ Harald:)
          I hope you don't mind my gender because when I comment to others I never think of my gender and others'. And I think you are open and friendly from your sunny big smile. I also have a big smile whether you believe it or not.:)

          Your logical comments draw my attention just like some delicious food of my preference. Of course, when I eat other foods, I also absorb enough nutrition from them, but when I eat something nutritious that I like, I'll be happier and excited.:)
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        Oct 26 2013: Hi Yoka, no, gender doesn't matter, I was just curious.
        So let's keep feeding each other with, hopefully, delicious foods ;-)
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    Oct 17 2013: Good idea, that yours. And, why not enlarge its range? Let's watch the topic on a wider view: Not only about 'deseases' but adding similarities between human brain and computer systems for ' thinking '.. I've heard there are many (and expertise) people working at that. I'm convinced sooner than later, computers will think and react very similarly to our own 'supercomputer'. Amazing field to research.