The human aspects of digital thinking generate new challenges for digital technology. Happily, digital thinking offers ways to address these, in part plain old cybernetics, in part more radical.
For example Firefly (lucidina.com) puts a computer behind every LED in display lighting turning light into digital media.
- e.g. Firefly
Control vs. measurement
To some extent this dates back to the universal governor, but cheap and/or accurate sensing allows tight feedback control,
- e.g. universal governor, Euro fighter, Segway, autonomous cars
Accuracy vs. computation
For example Firefly lights do not need to be accurately positioned, instead computer vision techniques work out where they are and alter rendering to suit the actual positions.
- e.g. FireFly, submarine tracking
Best vs. good enough
For example many noSQL databases used for web applications relax the strict ACID consistency conditions of traditional databases in order to achieve responsiveness.
- ACID vs. noSQL, satisficing
Defuse sensing and opportunistic data
Instead of designing precise and optimal sensors or tests for specific purposes, we may make use of commonly available sensors, such as on mobile phones, and combine large volumes of imperfect data in order, for example, to detect rare or slow progressing diseases.
- e.g. medical data, engine monitoring