Check out this Ted – visualizing 1’s and 0’s by Chris Domas.
The idea of taking arbitrary data and visualizing it leads very deep and wide. Images, code, music and text produce different patterns, recognizable from each other. I immediately thought of a string of the A’s, G’s, T’s and C’s (adenine (A), guanine (G), thymine (T), cytosine (C) ) composing our or other DNA, instead of 1’s and 0’s. (I was not the only one to ‘see’ this ). Visualize patterns here – code for eyes look like …, code for muscle looks like …, and so on. Perhaps we can visualize DNA code and find: here is muscle production. Then we can maybe distinguish muscular dystrophy when the pattern is visually different. Similarly, going further, mental disease patterns vs “normal”.
It would be interesting if protein manufacture instructions had similar patterns to computer program code.
Similarly, as a string of phonemes, we could visualize language. Do we use printed text or audio recordings? – both are strings of 1’s and 0’s. We could look at patterns of disturbed people’s language for health and healing, as well as better communication. Their DNA too of course. When we communicate the same content but in different languages (two cups of coffee please vs deux tasses de cafe s’il vous plait) – are the visual patterns similar? When are they? Yields translation ideas.
We are rapidly developing genome technology. Speaking of the dark side: design a DNA string, inject the string into a cell via a virus. Blow up a phone by interfering with its instruction set, ??? a person by interfering with his/her instruction set.