What does the word ‘digital’ mean to you?
dig·it·al /?d?d??tl/ adv –
- of or pertaining to a digit or finger
- resembling a digit or finger
- manipulated with a finger or the fingertips: a digital switch
- displaying a readout in digital form: a digital speedometer
- having digits or digitlike parts
- of, pertaining to, or using data in the form of numerical digits
- Computers. involving or using numerical digits expressed in a scale of notation to represent discretely all variables occurring in a problem
- of, pertaining to, or using numerical calculations
- available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer
So digital means either ‘relating to fingers’, or ‘relating to computers’, right?
My argument: fingers are, by definition, the most digital part of our body. We touch, type, gesture and manipulate our environment (real or virtual) through the interfaces that surround us: a shiny black screen, a keyboard, or even through thin air.
And that’s what digital means to me: the ability to effect a change in the world through the lightest of touch – powered by technology, thought, and action. More on these themes later in the week, but for now I’ll leave you with an illustration – unleash your fingers: