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16 Sep 2022 Industry News

The Origins of the Term 'Computer Bug': A Moth in the Machine


Have you ever heard the term "computer bug"? It turns out that this term has an interesting history, dating back to 1947.

According to TechSpot, an associate of computer pioneer Grace Hopper was working at Harvard University when they discovered a moth trapped in one of the computer's relays, causing an error. After removing the moth, they taped it in their log book and identified it as the "first actual case of a bug being found."

From this incident, the term "computer bug" was born and has since become a common term used to describe any problem or error in a computer system. So the next time you hear someone talk about a "computer bug," you'll know that it all started with a literal bug in the machine.