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digital (dîj´î-tl) adjective
1.Of, relating to, or resembling a digit, especially a finger.
2.Operated or done with the fingers: a digital switch.
4.Expressed in digits, especially for use by a computer.
5.Using or giving a reading in digits: a digital clock.
A key played with the finger, as on a piano.
- dig´itally adverb
Digitize, in computer science, to convert any continuously varying source of input, such as the lines in a drawing or a sound signal, into a series of discrete units represented (in a computer) by the binary digits 0 and 1. A drawing or photograph, for example, can be digitized by a scanner that converts lines and shading into combinations of 0's and 1's by sensing different intensities of light and dark. Analog-to-digital converters are commonly used to perform this translation.
Digital, related to digits or the way they are represented. In computing, digital is virtually synonymous with binary because the computers familiar to most people process information coded as combinations of binary digits (bits). One bit can represent at most two values; 2 bits, four values; 8 bits, 256 values; and so on. Values that fall between two numbers are represented as either the lower or the higher of the two. Because digital representation represents a value as a coded number, the range of values represented can be very wide, although the number of possible values is limited by the number of bits used.
Digital intercourse is now the yoga of the Western world, cultivating and nourishing relationships, avirtual world of telepathic linkage. The computer and the mouse will be compared in the future to the plough when farming started. These improvements are a small reflection of a far greater picture not only joined by an electrical grid but because of the new understanding of numeric magic and sacred geometry. Now we can peer deeper into the pool of consciousness. It's time to download our consciousness while high wired to infinity.
This appetite for digital data, more and faster, can now
be recognized as a species need. The brain needs electrons and psychoactive
chemicals like the body needs oxygen. Just as body nutritionists list
our daily requirements fo vitamins, so will our brain-psyberneticians soon be
listing our daily requirements for various classes of digital information.
- Timothy Leary - _Chaos& Cyberculture_
"The ultimate goal: Where is technology going? Its ultimate goal is to bridge mind and matter in realtime. That is, to have no interface, no medium. (The medium is the message - no more message no more medium.) Just direct thought to matter (which is already experienced in Brain) All this is going on in very fast pace right now. If you can translate every matter into 0 1, or into a digit, every texture, every substance, every sensory input or output, every displayform, you are dealing with a complete etherealization of matter. Its becoming cosubstantial with mind by digitization. Digitization is one step beyond atomization. Atomization remains material - digitization is spiritual atomization. Very very much the process of 2000 years history. Instant distribution - the net, huge computers, 20 million co-processors - so we have instant communication everywhere and that is another etherealization of form and it is another transmutation of mind. Completely new associations of consciousness are going on - so that's another aspect of this transformation. "
- Peter Lamborn Wilson - _Information War_
"Oh, yes. Digital technology is the new religion. Just this once let us keep our gods in our own hands." - Paul Joiner
The scientist John Archibald Wheeler (coiner of the term "black hole") was onto this in the '80s. He claimed that, fundamentally, atoms are made up of of bits of information. As he put it in a 1989 lecture, "Its are from bits." He elaborated: "Every it — every particle, every field of force, even the space-time continuum itself — derives its function, its meaning, its very existence entirely from binary choices, bits. What we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes/no questions."
- Kevin Kelly