# What exactly is binary code?

What is binary code? i keep hearing about it but never really understood it.

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What is binary code? i keep hearing about it but never really understood it.

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Binary code is the most basic form of data composed of 0's and 1's. A "0" or "1" is called a bit, and eight bits are called a byte, then 1024 bytes make a kilo byte and so on. The 0's and 1's are based off probability. This is the reason why 0 means False and 1 Means true.

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This is a very generic simplified explanation. In it's essence it is a numerical system based on 2 (0,1), unlike the numerical system we are accustomed to which is based on 10 (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). However the best way to think about it is on and off. On is 1. 0 is off. Digital circuitry only understands 2 states on and off. So binary code is how you talk to ICs on their level. All computer programs, usually through an interpreter are converted to binary code otherwise your processor, memory etc.. would not understand what was given to it or what to do with it.

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