The 10 Types of People

Cory Doctorow
5 min readDec 11, 2021

It’s spectrums all the way down.


There’s an old nerd joke that goes, “There are 10 kinds of people in this world —those who understand binary and those who don’t.” The joke is that in binary math (that is, base two), you count using only one and zero, so 1 is 1, 10 is two, 11 is three, 100 is four, 101 is five, and so on.