Where does the word ‘Cyber’ come from?

17 March 2016
Where does the word ‘Cyber’ come from?

Cyberspace, cyber-security, cyber-crime –words used frequently in a world now reliant on the internet and technology.

But as a new BBC feature reveals, the origin of the word Cyberspace – the term given to the virtual electronic world in which we explore, play, learn and share information - actually has very little meaning at all. 

Cyberspace, cyber-security, cyber-crime –words used frequently in a world now reliant on the internet and technology.

But as a new BBC feature reveals, the origin of the word Cyberspace – the term given to the virtual electronic world in which we explore, play, learn and share information - actually has very little meaning at all. 

According to the report, the term is largely credited to the imagination of science fiction writer William Gibson, who needed a dynamic name for the arena in which his stories would be set.

The author of 1984 novel Neuromancer coined the term cyberspace as it “sounded like it meant something or it might mean something, but as I stared at it, my whole delight was that I knew it meant absolutely nothing".

To view the feature in full visit:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35765276

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