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Thread #59418   Message #3664431
Posted By: Rapparee
29-Sep-14 - 08:52 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I think a new paradigm is needed in computing: a trinary system. As you know (but I'll reiterate it anyway), the current system is binary: yes-no, open-closed, on-off, 1-0, and so on.

I propose a trinary system based upon Erwin Schrödinger's famous Gedankenexperiment of 1935. This system would utilize not two, but three, possible states: for example, a switch could be in a state of on, off, or who knows?. Numerically, this would be 0, 1, or 2. You can immediately see the importance and usefulness of this system.

But we can go further and use a system even more relevant to today's needs and those of the future: a quaternary system. This would be based upon not two, not three, but four possible states: on,off, who knows?, and who cares? Numerically, 0, 1, 2, 3.

I believe the last to be the most valuable, but even more systems are possible. A quincenary system could be based upon on, off, who knows?, who cares?, and I didn't do it; numberically 0, 1, 2, 3, 4. This system would be the ne plus ultra for political computing.

Where's my Nobel Prize in Mathematics?