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A Million Random Digits

01.10.17 | Comment?

HOLO2

The eagerly awaited HOLO2 magazine finally shipped at the end of 2016 with ‘236 pages of emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology’.

I contributed an essay, ‘A Million Random Digits’, towards the magazine’s key theme of randomness and chance. The piece explored the arcane history of true random number generation and its paradoxical implications:

‘Email encryption, computer simulation, probability modelling, stock market analysis – many of modern society’s essential processes are fueled by numerical noise. Noise that is difficult to generate, and impossible to verify or fully understand. Looking into our long history of channeling randomness reveals strange tales of mathematical obsession, human fallibility, and the extreme limits of knowledge’

HOLO2

Other contributors include Casey Reas, Scott Aaronson, Daniel Shiffman, Michelle Kasprzak, Mitchell Whitelaw, Daniel Rourke, Coralie Gourguechon, Fanqiao Wang, and others. HOLO2 can be ordered here.

Note: I also contributed a piece to HOLO 1 – SuperVision explored the future of display technologies.

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