It Is Time to Design the Very First Digital System.

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In today’s highly automated world, there are a multitude of examples of systems in place that have made the transition from manual to digital – all conceived of as a means to improve speed, cost or quality of an existing process. Digital Transformation has been a buzzword since the 90’s, when businesses began to take advantage of advances in computing and internet connection to increase the efficiency and capacity of manual and paper-based business processes. Since that time, most of the world routinely engages with a variety of digital systems, from the paycheck that is directly deposited into your bank account to the app you use to summon a ride.

Are these truly digital systems – or just digitized versions of human systems?


I’m old enough to have witnessed the birth and evolution of our digital environment. It has been a slow and incremental journey to enhance our human capabilities, beginning with the construction of analog tools that gradually transitioned to digital ones. Now, many of these tools have been combined to form what we refer to as digital systems.

Consider this: no one has taken the opportunity to design a digital system from scratch, without any preconceived notions or limitations imposed by our human thinking.


Imagine the possibilities! It could be a system that communicates in millions of languages, effortlessly switching between them at lightning speed. A system where every connected device could speak simultaneously, without any confusion. A system where the concept of noise versus signal does not exist, because everything is a signal. The constraints would no longer be human limitations, but the laws of physics.

While it may be difficult for humans to conceive of such a system, it’s already possible to contribute to the creation of one. Society may be on the verge of witnessing the birth of the first truly digital system, and the only limits are the human imagination.

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