Big Data: Beyond Digital: The Return of Analog Computing

Big data chews on larger and larger piles of bits, with great success, which some say is running into asymptotic limits. The non-linear next step might be to return to the old debate between analog and digital computing where in the first round digital took the trophy and all but decimated any analog machines. The idea being to find ways to express reams of data as a set of analytical functions which can be analyzed for attributes that remain hidden in the bit-wise representation.

The challenge to DGS is to credibly appraise the effort to prepare a cogent proposal of the idea to convince far reaching organizations like DARPA to fund an exploratory examination of the concept.


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