Analog thinking: the boldness to be creative
Binary can’t be creative
The binary code, although necessary for major social and technological developments, is annihilating the Homo Technologicus, stifling his innate freedom for analog connections.
The first widespread use of the binary code was the Morse code alphabet. For decades, this communication system allowed to transmit information over long distances, between ships in the ocean and the mainland, between one continent and another, and today its use is still active in emergency situations. In its disarming simplicity (connect or interrupt two electrical wires), this system proved to be the shortest way to transcribe an alphabet.
Then, the Boolean algebra (binary) represented the language of communication between humans and computers, enabling the translation of instructions and commands towards the processing unit (microprocessor / CPU). This determined the Big Bang of the computers and the technological era.
Nonetheless, the binary code is the simplest of codes. Yes or No. Black or white. Dot or dash.
Because of this simplicity the man of the last century was able to build computing machines: it was the easiest way to teach a series of processes to an inert, without a proper intelligence, silicon chip.
The simplest, of course, but also the most elementary and the shortest to reach. Yet it has affected the life of man in the last 100 years.
If we think that to achieve the potential of today’s computing and processing, we are using the same numbering system used by the Australian Gumulgans (a Neolithic population), it is to believe that perhaps the road taken is merely a prologue and that there is still much to do.
The binary code is a complete abstraction. The human mind does not think in binary terms while technologies have changed the behavior of man, reducing its potential to an “either-or” way of thinking