In our hugely tech-literate world, most of us understand — on a basic level at the very least — what a “computer bug” is. The term is used so often in general life and pop culture that it’s actually hard to avoid. Famous examples include Jeff Goldblum’s use of a bug (and a convenient USB port) to take down an enemy invasion in Independence Day, or the cliché, “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”
But where does the term “computer bug” actually come from?
The first use of the concept of a “bug” may date back as far as 1843, when Ada Lovelace discussed issues with “program cards” used in The Babbage Engine — invented by computer pioneer Charles Babbage, who designed the first automatic computing engines decades before the technology existed to actually build them.
“An analyzing process must equally have been performed in order to furnish the Analytical Engine with the necessary operative data, and that herein may also