Digital Ground
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\ˈdi-jə-təl ˈgraundFunction: noun
Etymology: - digital (see compute) 1631, from Fr. computer, from L. computare "to count, sum up," from com- "with" + putare "to reckon," orig. "to prune." Computer used for person, 1646; mechanical calculating machine, 1897; and electronic machine, 1946 or 1941. In the modern meaning, "programmable digital electronic computer" is from 1945 (theoretical sense is from 1937, as Turing machine). ENIAC (1946) is usually considered the first. Computerese first recorded 1960.[1].
Ground -
O.E. grund "foundation, ground, surface of the earth," especially "bottom of the sea" (a sense preserved in run aground), from P.Gmc. *grundus, which seems to have meant "deep place" (cf. O.Fris. grund, Du. grond, Ger. Grund "ground, soil, bottom;" O.N. grunn "a shallow place, grund "field, plain," grunnr "bottom"). No known cognates outside Gmc. Sense of "reason, motive" first attested c.1205.[2]

1 Digital Interfaces and pervasive-computing systems that create an architectural like experiences of place or embodiment.
2 Architectural systems or environments that create digitally augmented experiences through the use and interaction with pervasive-computing systems and interfaces.

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"Digital Ground: Architecture, Pervasive Computing and Environmental Knowing" by Malcolm McCullough (MIT, 2004).

( ben howard,10/12/07)
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