Digitally enhanced or technology enhanced?
Why "digitally enhanced" and not "technology enhanced"?
First, almost all technology today is either digital or enabled by digital
tools. For example, Boeing now does 100% of the design and prototyping
of their airplanes using a digital simulation application. Second, digital
technology is distinguished from all other technologies by its programmability,
that is, its ability to be made to do, with ever-increasing degrees of
precision, what each of us wants. That capacity for customization is at
the heart of the digital revolution. Third, digital technology is putting
more and more power on smaller and smaller versions of the microprocessors
that are at the heart of much cognition-enhancing technology. This miniaturization,
along with its continually falling cost, is what will eventually make
digital technology available to all, although clearly at different rates
in different places.