About the Psychology of Virus Writers and Computers

Sarah Gordon describes the different motivations of people to write viruses (BBC News). This led me to her paper Virus Writers: The End of The Innocence?, which explores this issue in more detail. It focuses on four groups of people: adolescent virus writer, the college student, the adult virus writer, and the ex-virus writer.

Contrary, the emotions of computers are the subject of an article in which Charles Arthur asks if machines should have feelings too:
We’d like a computer (or other electro-mechanical object) that could see we needed to get something done, and would be eager to help us out for fear of us doing, well, something to it.

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