The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

Every digital device you use operates on a string of ones and zeroes, the binary "yes/no" decision at the foundation of modern computing. It's a concept so fundamental to our modern day that we rarely stop to wonder where it came from. But it's all the work of one man: Claude Shannon, whose fascinating story you've… » 6/28/14 8:00pm 6/28/14 8:00pm

Polynesian People Were Using Binary 600 Years Ago

Binary lies at the heart of our technological lives: those strings of ones and zeroes are fundamental to the way all our digital devices function. But while the invention of binary is usually credited to German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz in the 18th Century, it turns out the Polynesians were using it as far back… » 12/17/13 10:00am 12/17/13 10:00am

Forget 1's and 0's—The Microchip Gets Rethunk Using Probability

Today's computer chips spend a lot of time on probability-based calculations, from your Amazon recommendations to determining fraudulent credit card purchases. By using probability instead of 1's and 0's, those statistical calculations can be done more simply, efficiently, and faster. » 8/17/10 11:40pm 8/17/10 11:40pm

His and Hers Binary Button-Downs Fuse Subtle Geek With Work Wardrobe…

These dry-clean only shirts from Rhombuswear are, perhaps, the perfect "next step" for geeks looking to spruce up their wardrobe with a few articles that aren't open source project-branded polo shirts. From a distance, they're all business. But get close, and the little 1's and 0's start to take shape. Or Iowa test… » 6/28/08 8:00pm 6/28/08 8:00pm