However you look at it, 2016 will be an interesting year. It’s one that won’t be repeated for another 16 years, and then another 8, then another 4, then another 2, then the following year, then the year after that, and then not for another 1024 years.
What I’m talking about is the year 2016 when represented in binary digits is 11111100000 – an unbroken string of 1’s followed by an unbroken string of 0’s. The only other years in the next millennium, and beyond, that display this pattern will be:
2016 - 11111100000 2032 - 11111110000 2040 - 11111111000 2044 - 11111111100 2046 - 11111111110 2047 - 11111111111 2048 - 100000000000 3072 - 110000000000
For anyone who works with electronics or embedded computing, binary is just another number system that we use on a daily basis, so these patterns are interesting to us. For everyone else, well, we probably just look a bit nerdy.
Like I always say: There are 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary, and those that don’t. Which one are you?