Thanks for an interesting read. Given what you've pointed out about the relative efficiency of ternary over binary, it brought two thoughts to my mind:
1) That there might a lot to be gained from from a more cooperative open communication about advanced research in both science and engineering across what are artificial national/cultural bounds. That said with an understanding of why we weren't necessarily pushing computer "secrets" to each other in the late 50s, and also understanding that "momentum" has other advantages in capturing a market beside being "best of breed."
2) I wonder what kind of encoding patterns we search for in the SETI data. Did we use binary on Project Voyager? What if everybody else "out there" speaks ternary?
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