DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY. American engineers began developing digital technology in the mid-twentieth century. Their techniques were based on mathematical concepts suggested by the seventeenth-century German mathematician, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who proposed a binary computing system. His innovation inspired such numerical codes as American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) that described objects with digits.
One way to trace human history is to follow the evolution of work. First came the artisan, who labored over one pair of shoes at a time, basically an ad hoc process. Next came the Industrial Revolution, with its standardized parts and repeatable processes, vastly improving productivity but at the expense of variety.
Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizerMichell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary foremerging digital and communications technologies. In electronics, advances take the form of faster computers, flexible and printable electronics, and smaller and better sensors.