Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Can a Number Be Illegal?



You might not think too much about numbers as you sit and use your computer, but the underpinnings of software and images are based on them—and that means, in theory, a string of numerical characters can in fact be illegal.

Imagine a piece of dodgy software or an illegal image: they're all characterized, at their heart, by a massive chain of binary numbers. This video, by the guys over at Numberphile, dives into how and why numbers can contravene the law—and it turns out that it's a far more murky and complex world than you might've expected. [Numperphile]

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