Originally posted on TED Blog:
Cartoonist (and former NASA roboticist) Randall Munroe illustrates the questions that keep you (or at least him) up at night. Whether that’s “What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?” or “How much of the Earth’s currently-existing water has ever been turned into a soft drink at some point in its history?” he’s got you covered.
On the TED2014 stage, the mind behind the webcomic xkcd — which might be the only comic with a haiku made of code, the sub-title “drawn during an endless NASA lecture,” the directive “What Would Escher Do?”, or (finally!) the extra-credit question for the Turing test — explains the one question from a reader that really stumped him.
“If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?”…
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