Not that I was a master of data and things but the following theory is quite fascinating.
01000101 01110010 01101001 01100011 00100000 01010010 01101111 01110100 01101000
The binary code was invented back in 1679 by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the binary system has become the backbone of every digital system.
Computers communicate with each other using the binary digits 0 and 1. Every letter of the text and numbers we type as well as every type of media we share are transmitted at the core level as bits and streams of 0s and 1s only.
Nowadays, through processes or sets of rules followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by computers, our every-day lifes depend on it.
Algorithms decide who gets a loan, a job interview, insurance coverage and much more – but they don’t automatically make things fair.
Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful → Weapons of math destruction. She shares several examples of how predictive tests and scoring mechanisms can seriously damage someone’s life.
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But what if human has not invented anything new with such a duality and the whole universe was built upon similar binary relations only? The answer to the enduring question of the smallest thing in the universe has evolved along with humanity.
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“The chance we are not living in a computer simulation is ‘one in billions'”
– Elon Musk
People once thought grains of sand were the building blocks of what we see around us. Then the atom was discovered, and it was thought indivisible, until it was split into subatomic particles to reveal protons, neutrons and electrons inside.
These too, seemed like fundamental particles, before scientists identified hadrons which are categorized into two families:
- baryons which always consist of either 3 quarks or 3 anti-quarks and
- mesons which are made of one quark and one anti quark (or the antiparticle, the particle of antimatter).
There is also a further set of leptons called Tau particles.
“This time we haven’t been able to see any evidence at all that there’s anything inside quarks. Have we reached the most fundamental layer of matter?”
– Andy Parker
Protons and neutrons are examples of baryons whereas pions or pi mesons are an example of a meson (each pion consists of a quark and an anti quark and is therefore a meson).
If all was made of quarks and anti quarks (Quark = 1; Anti quark = 0 or Quark = 0; Anti quark = 1 for that matter), the concept of The Matrix – remember that movie? – strikes as similar at least.
“With cyberspace at its fingertips, human may build an artificial, virtual reality matrix based on 0s and 1s within the yet existing matrix based on quarks and anti quarks.”
– Eric Roth
But who could really proof our very existence hasn’t yet been simulated and who knows what’s next as we keep playing with our Large Hadron Colider?
How many kilometres of cables are there on the LHC? How low is the pressure in the beam pipe?
Discover facts & figures about the Large Hadron Collider in the LHC guide.
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