Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can still mar many a well-planted harvest. Not anymore, says Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who has moved industrial-scale farming under the roof.

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Let’s take this to spaaaaaaace. But first, automate this entire farm and build fully automated factories that build these farms and take them by driverless truck to pilotless planes that fly anywhere on the planet they’re needed and install them robotically, all of this being powered renewably by majority solar. Techno-optimism is easy when people build stuff like this.

Ahhh, you’re making me want to build, create, disrupt. Lettuce knock heads again sometime, see if there’s anything we can do to help society approach the future at a faster gait.

i wanna be a reverse tooth fairy where i rob people and then scatter human teeth on their bed

a dentist

i dont know what your dentist is doing to you but i think you need to go to the police

To understand binary numbers, begin by recalling elementary school math. When we first learned about numbers, we were taught that, in the decimal system, things are organized into columns:

H | T | O 1 | 9 | 3such that “H” is the hundreds column, “T” is the tens column, and “O” is the ones column. So the number “193” is 1-hundreds plus 9-tens plus 3-ones.

Years later, we learned that the ones column meant 10^0, the tens column meant 10^1, the hundreds column 10^2 and so on, such that

10^2|10^1|10^0 1 | 9 | 3the number 193 is really {(1*10^2)+(9*10^1)+(3*10^0)}.

As you know, the decimal system uses the digits 0-9 to represent numbers. If we wanted to put a larger number in column 10^n (e.g., 10), we would have to multiply 10*10^n, which would give 10^(n+1), and be carried a column to the left. For example, putting ten in the 10^0 column is impossible, so we put a 1 in the 10^1 column, and a 0 in the 10^0 column, thus using two columns. Twelve would be 12*10^0, or 10^0(10+2), or 10^1+2*10^0, which also uses an additional column to the left (12).

The binary system works under the exact same principles as the decimal system, only it operates in base 2 rather than base 10. In other words, instead of columns being

10^2|10^1|10^0they are

2^2|2^1|2^0Instead of using the digits 0-9, we only use 0-1 (again, if we used anything larger it would be like multiplying 2*2^n and getting 2^n+1, which would not fit in the 2^n column. Therefore, it would shift you one column to the left. For example, “3” in binary cannot be put into one column. The first column we fill is the right-most column, which is 2^0, or 1. Since 3>1, we need to use an extra column to the left, and indicate it as “11” in binary (1*2^1) + (1*2^0).

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Decimal 1 is binary 0001

Decimal 3 is binary 0011

Decimal 6 is binary 0110

Decimal 9 is binary 1001Each digit “1” in a binary number represents a power of two, and each “0” represents zero:

0001 is 2 to the zero power, or 1

0010 is 2 to the 1st power, or 2

0100 is 2 to the 2nd power, or 4

1000 is 2 to the 3rd power, or 8.When you see a number like “0101” you can figure out what it means by adding the powers of 2:

0101 = 0 + 4 + 0 + 1 = 5

1010 = 8 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 10

0111 = 0 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 7

Good primer on binary counting, used by computers. As an addition, text on computers is the letters and symbols “encoded” as certain numbers. For example, a capital ‘A’ may be 65 in decimal or 01000001 in binary, a capital ‘B’ may be 66 in decimal or 01000010 in binary and so on. Popular encodings include ASCII and Unicode which use different amounts of binary 1/0 bits to make up a character (7 for ascii, I believe up to 32 bits - 10^32 for some variations of Unicode).

Me: omg babe keep it down you’re gonna wake my parents!

Computer: *huummmmmmmmmmmmmm*

This thing is a badass, it has your dual core ARM9 processor and a **16 core **FPGA processor, turning it into one of the most efficient, powerful devices in the power/wattage ranks. It’s mostly a development board for now as people continue to explore the capabilities of it.

*I may be contemplating selling my soul to get the Desktop version once they start shipping internationally.*