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Crossing the boundary: analogue universe, digital worlds
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5 Going back

5.1 As to the meaning ...

And this song is considered a perfect gem,

And as to the meaning, it's what you please.

(C.S. Calverley, Ballad)

This short section is devoted to rounding off the discussion so far. In Section 1 I remarked that a digital picture of some set of interesting features of the world is of no value unless we can examine it in some way – in other words, take it back across the boundary into the human realm. This section briefly takes up this theme, and aims to:

  • examine what digital representations mean;

  • outline some of the devices that are used to interpret digital information and turn it back into a form that means something to our human eyes and ears.