Manipulating data within the computer. This includes calculations by the CPU, spreadsheets, programs and other devices.
Data processing is happening constantly inside computers. Data tends to go through multiple stages: data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. Data are raw values, like 1’s and 0’s. Information is the combination of multiple pieces of data into something recognizable or useful. Multiple pieces of related information can be interpreted into knowledge by a human being. Accurate knowledge informs decision-making. Making good decisions is wisdom. Right now, computers have lots of data and information, but we humans have knowledge and wisdom.
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