I’m researching a new course for our university, and trying to decide what to call it. Amazingly, all the terms I can think of that used to describe developing computer programs and the study of them are falling out of popular usage. See the chart below from Google Trends – what does this mean about what we call these now ubiquitous devices that we carry around?
They are no longer “computers,” they are now “smartphones.” We don’t look much at “electronics” or buy “digital” toys anymore, because everything is digital and there’s no real need to differentiate. So… what do we call our underlying technology? Even the term “technology” is falling out of popular usage (in search, anyway):