If you think about it, any text-file, any image or video, any executable on your machine is just stored as a series of 1's and 0's, and can simply be interpreted as a very, very large integer.
You're not running Excel, you're just running a number. You're not watching the latest episode of your favorite show, this is 180983984839912343232899016056542024...
"You've watched 388372899278382747949283313031? It's really great"
This also means every singles show on earth has a unique ID and I love that
No more confusing titles
Even watches times of a specific episode of a specific show has a unique ID. Every game, book
As robots, this would probably as we ewpuld communicate.
@fribbledom Look at it this way: in theory, any sequence of numbers, which means every YouTube video not yet recorded, and every e-book not yet written, is probably somewhere among the digits of Pi. Good luck finding it.
@fribbledom This is the unspoken secret of Cloud storage.
The entirety of Youtube is just stored as offsets within Pi and kept on a single USB flash drive in Larry's pocket
@fribbledom I remember just after high school, a friend of mine tried all kinds of crazy compression ideas. His favorite one was to XOR the data with a random number. THEORETICALLY, after (n) tries, it could come up with a number that would allow for tremendous compression of the original file.
Decompression would be wicked fast, but compression (FINDING the right number to XOR with) might take an eternity. ;)
@fribbledom Take this line of thinking a bit further. There are actually very many (countlessly many) integers that are illegal in many (most) locales.
@fribbledom Also this applies to everything. Everything you know is just a large set of neurons which are either firing or not. Your memories and emotions are just you being a particular integer at a particular time. "fake news" is one set of integers hacking another. They're big integers, but just integers.
@fribbledom Implying, of course, that the number of all possible files on a given storage device is countable and finite.
@fribbledom Yes. May I introduce the pi-filesystem? Pi is infinite, so at some offset it will have the exact series of bytes of the video you are watching right now, all your mp3s. So instead of storing the file itself, you can simply store the offset in pi, and the number of bytes of the file, and then you can reconstruct the file at any time!
@fribbledom There is 'arithmetic coding' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arithmetic_coding which basically treats your stream as a real number, and your prediction of what the next symbol is chops that number up into different lengths (more likely is larger); as you work through your stream you can transmit a few bits as you know the first few digits of your number.
Or a graph, some high dimensional vector space, a category, or one large lambda equation.
@fribbledom definitely check out the unclassifiable work of Olivier Pasquet, whose biggest problem as an academic is that there’s no university department for him. He usually ends up in the music composition department, but his work encompasses architecture and visual media as well.
I remember an installation where you walk through a dark room following a tape along the wall using a flashlight with dots printed on it.
I had the experience of listening to music, because the structure was there, encoded in the dots…
@fribbledom Quantum computers are changing this model as a qubit can be both 0 and 1 simultaneously.
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