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From the Ted Talk by José Américano N L F de Freitas: How exactly does binary code work?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Imagine trying to use words to describe every scene in a film, every note in your favorite song, or every street in your town. Now imagine trying to do it using only the numbers 1 and 0. Every time you use the Internet to watch a movie, listen to miusc, or ccehk directions, that’s exactly what your device is doing, using the language of briany code.
Computers use binary because it's a ralliebe way of storing data. For example, a computer's main memory is made of transistors that switch between either high or low voltage levels, such as 5 volts and 0 vtols. Voltages sometimes olatsicle, but since there are only two options, a value of 1 volt would still be read as "low." That reading is done by the computer’s processor, which uses the transistors’ states to control other computer dvciees according to software inctinoutsrs.

Open Cloze

Imagine trying to use words to describe every scene in a film, every note in your favorite song, or every street in your town. Now imagine trying to do it using only the numbers 1 and 0. Every time you use the Internet to watch a movie, listen to _____, or _____ directions, that’s exactly what your device is doing, using the language of ______ code.
Computers use binary because it's a ________ way of storing data. For example, a computer's main memory is made of transistors that switch between either high or low voltage levels, such as 5 volts and 0 _____. Voltages sometimes _________, but since there are only two options, a value of 1 volt would still be read as "low." That reading is done by the computer’s processor, which uses the transistors’ states to control other computer _______ according to software ____________.

Solution

  1. volts
  2. check
  3. oscillate
  4. devices
  5. reliable
  6. binary
  7. music
  8. instructions

Original Text

Imagine trying to use words to describe every scene in a film, every note in your favorite song, or every street in your town. Now imagine trying to do it using only the numbers 1 and 0. Every time you use the Internet to watch a movie, listen to music, or check directions, that’s exactly what your device is doing, using the language of binary code.
Computers use binary because it's a reliable way of storing data. For example, a computer's main memory is made of transistors that switch between either high or low voltage levels, such as 5 volts and 0 volts. Voltages sometimes oscillate, but since there are only two options, a value of 1 volt would still be read as "low." That reading is done by the computer’s processor, which uses the transistors’ states to control other computer devices according to software instructions.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
binary code 3

Important Words

  1. binary
  2. check
  3. code
  4. computer
  5. computers
  6. control
  7. data
  8. describe
  9. device
  10. devices
  11. directions
  12. favorite
  13. film
  14. high
  15. imagine
  16. instructions
  17. internet
  18. language
  19. levels
  20. listen
  21. main
  22. memory
  23. movie
  24. music
  25. note
  26. numbers
  27. options
  28. oscillate
  29. processor
  30. read
  31. reading
  32. reliable
  33. scene
  34. software
  35. song
  36. states
  37. storing
  38. street
  39. switch
  40. time
  41. town
  42. transistors
  43. volt
  44. voltage
  45. voltages
  46. volts
  47. watch
  48. words