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suttiwit 09-29-2012 10:30 AM

How many bits are there in an average human?
 
How many bits are there in an average human?

And, yeah... I spelled it correctly, "bits".

Keep on posting the answers, I will tell you the real answer soon when I think I should. :)

baldy3105 09-29-2012 11:18 AM

Its answerable if you define what a "bit" is in this context.

pan64 09-29-2012 11:44 AM

bites can be counted easily....

H_TeXMeX_H 09-29-2012 12:25 PM

Ask a cannibal.

273 09-29-2012 03:37 PM

As mentioned above -- there can be no answer without a few more definitions.

NyteOwl 09-29-2012 05:47 PM

It's obvious - the answer is 42!

tux9656 09-29-2012 06:34 PM

DNA is binary, so I say it is the number of pairings in a human DNA strand.

Hangdog42 09-29-2012 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tux9656 (Post 4792837)
DNA is binary, so I say it is the number of pairings in a human DNA strand.

Really? DNA has 4 values (AGCT) and code for protein in triplets. And you don't even want to ask about how the 3D structure of DNA is involved.

DNA may be lots of things, but binary it ain't.

Habitual 09-29-2012 08:30 PM

Let's ask Mr. Owl.

273 09-29-2012 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hangdog42 (Post 4792907)
Really? DNA has 4 values (AGCT) and code for protein in triplets. And you don't even want to ask about how the 3D structure of DNA is involved.

DNA may be lots of things, but binary it ain't.

Then there's the redundancy and the junk sequences...

frankbell 09-29-2012 08:54 PM

I would hazard that there's an entire torrent of bits.

lqo 09-29-2012 08:55 PM

"an average human" : 16 bytes or 128 bits (if you include spaces and ignore question mark

tux9656 09-29-2012 09:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hangdog42 (Post 4792907)
Really? DNA has 4 values (AGCT) and code for protein in triplets. And you don't even want to ask about how the 3D structure of DNA is involved.

DNA may be lots of things, but binary it ain't.

I thought the four values (AGCT) could pair up in only one of two possible combinations. Hmm... Maybe I need to do some reading.

H_TeXMeX_H 09-30-2012 01:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 273 (Post 4792914)
Then there's the redundancy and the junk sequences...

Yeah, but how can you tell ? It may look like random junk, but what if it's not...
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/250006.php

suttiwit 09-30-2012 09:04 AM

The answer is...... 10,000,000,000,000 bits! Converted to Terabytes would be... 1.13 TB. :D


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