23 min

Randomness: A need for chaos Quartz Obsession

    • Business

The global economy needs true randomness to encrypt messages and make sure elections are honest. But not all randomness is random enough, and humans and computers alike are really bad at generating it. So we turn to natural sources like seismic waves, radioactive decay, and lava lamps (yes, lava lamps) to generate it for us.
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Sponsored by American Express
Art credits: photograph by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi

The global economy needs true randomness to encrypt messages and make sure elections are honest. But not all randomness is random enough, and humans and computers alike are really bad at generating it. So we turn to natural sources like seismic waves, radioactive decay, and lava lamps (yes, lava lamps) to generate it for us.
Please take our survey to help us improve the Quartz Obsession
Sponsored by American Express
Art credits: photograph by Eric Helgas, styling by Alex Citrin-Safadi

23 min

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