Is a million lines of code a lot? How many lines of code are there in Windows? Facebook? iPhone apps? Let our data-visualization program your brain.
It is interesting to see that some codes (like Unix) are brief, yet elegant. Some show vast expansion in their revisions (like Linux). Some look mysteriously big (like F-35). Some look ridicolously big (not coincidentally, Microsoft’s OS and office). And some have won the competition in size (healthcare.gov), which may reflect the complex stupidity of the human society. But there are two sets of codes missing from this chart. Arguably the 4 letter code of DNA (A, C, G & T) is the most elegant of all. But how many lines of code are there in the genome? We have an estimate of how many genes are there, but are still dumbfounded in figuring what are they doing exactly. The other mysterious code is the neural one. If one tells you that it only is a binary 1/0, just like the computers, you can answer "maybe yours is". How many lines of code are there that constittue the mind, of a man, of a frog, of a worm? That is only the key to the pandora’s box.