PoNM: Numerical Representation and Modularity

Numerical representation is a process of digitization that turns information into discrete steps. An example of this would be GPS navigation. When you put a destination in the maps app or website, it gives you a list of steps as to how to get to that destination. Another example would be a Home Depot step by step process of how to build a deck.

Modularity is “the degree to which a system’s components may be separated and recombined” (Wikipedia). For example, a Fitbit is a watch that calculates steps, heart rate, calories, time, stairs of a person daily. These are human components separated and recombined.

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One thought on “PoNM: Numerical Representation and Modularity

  1. I’m not sure you’ve quite got it here. Think again about GPS: giving you a sequence of steps to get to a destination doesn’t have anything particularly to do with numbers (you could do with phrases like “take the first left” and “turn right just past the gas station”), but GPS actually does numerically represent the world in a certain way, and that’s *latitude and longitude.” The world is cut up into this grid and numbered, and then we can understand it in a different way than we did before.

    Modularity is the same way: because something has parts does not make it modular, but it’s the fact that they can be replaced by other things that does. So the fitbit has electronic parts inside it, and the software has chunks of code that can be used and reused to accomplish certain tasks; those are the modular aspects of the device.

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