Digital Golem

 

Itamar Even-Zohar, of Israel's Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics, said, "When computers became known to my generation, in this country in the 1950's, people referred to them as 'the golem'. This connoted computers' brainlessness."

 

Even-Zohar added, "Rabbi Loew probably invented software" because "the Golem would work only when Loew put in (its) mouth a piece of paper with the name of God written on it, and when he took it out, the Golem would again become a piece of clay. This is what happens to our PCs, isn't it?"