Can several screens and keyboards share one computer?
Yes. Both me and you are 'sharing' the yahoo server (a computer) right now.
This can be done, and similar things have been done in the past, and are being done right now. The "giant computers", if I'm not mistaken, are generally called either mainframes or simply servers. However, using such a server may be expensive, or difficult to set up, or something, and each monitor would essentially act as one computer anyway. So it's probably cheaper and easier simply to use multiple computers.
have you ever heard of servers?
it is quite possible for multiple systems being grouped onto one main frame but why would one want to? it's called interference of privacy!. Nasa has a mother computer and all are linked to it yet lower level workers can't have access. it's called privacy!! would you want everyone else knowing your buisness? not me!! it's called privacy!
anyways, it would take massive storage space to hold all of the info and garbage from each individual using the same source, set aside, the surge alone would cause a domino affect. one goes down, they all go down.
Your question is refering to internet cafe's only.
you're already on a GIANT COMPUTER, only difference is, is you're at home alone as is everyone using the same server. That is new!! (if your computer goes out, mine will still be on. so be thankful for independent networking. so forget the thought of cafe's serving one single mainframe for all units.) That is scary!
Yes; the reason for not doing so is economics. Processors are so cheap nowadays that one may as well use one per keyboard/monitor, and just do any necessary networking (which is also cheap).
What you are suggesting is done all the time. It is called Local Area Network (LAN). Each station has enough computer to connect it to the server. The server does the computing.
That's how the internet works.
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