Tim Harford Talking to the machine
One zero, zero, zero and one, one. Zero, one, one …
Which is a computer language. Everything clever your computer does not – make a call, search the database, and play the game – come down to ones and zeros.
In fact, it comes down to having (one) or absence (zero) of the current in a small transistors on a semiconductor chip.
Thankfully, we do not have computers in the zeros and ones of the program.
Microsoft Windows, for example, uses a 20GB, or 170 billion zeroes and ones.
Printed, the stack of A4 paper is two and a half miles Dynamic (4km) high.
Imagine putting all the transistor manually.
Fiddly to ignore how this would be – transistors measuring only billionths of a meter – if it took me a second to flip all the switches and the installation of windows to take 5000 years.