Boolean to get major overhaul
George Boole didn't seem to understand his five teenage daughters, (he didn't have sons, so this is about teenagers, not daughters) otherwise his boolean logic would encompass not only
false, but also
don't know. Luckily that omission will be addressed now.
Quick recap: a boolean value has the values
true (usually 1),
false (usually 0). Ternary has 3 states, typically denoted -1, 0, 1. Not to confuse ternary with QBits which are true and false at the same time.
To reflect the real world, where nothing is certain, and cater to teenage level developers, the ternary and boolean data types will be merged into a new type: RealBoolean.
Proposals are under way to incorporate RealBoolean into all major programming languages ASAP. RealBoolean will have the values
false. While it is up to the programming languages how these values are represented, consensus is, that the most likely candidates are -1, 0 and 1.
Like specialized mining hardware for Crypto, RealBoolean will benefit from purpose build ternary computers. Early models had been running since 1958. Ternary computing also has arrived in micro processor architectures. Of course there are doubters
Having multiple data types to express the truth might fit the political desire for alternate facts, but is an unsustainable confusion in programming. Therefore the classic boolean values will become illegal April 01, 2042.
In the transition period classic booleans will be ducktyped into RealBoolean whenever the values
1 are used. For boolean
-1 (as some unfortunate languages use) compilers and runtimes are mandated to issue a warning for the first 5 years, thereafter a stern warning before they finally become illegal
All version control repositories will be scanned (the NSA does that anyway) and offending code flagged with new issues. Binary code, not compiled from a repository, will be treated as virus, blocked and deleted. After the deadline all remaining offending code will be transpiled into COBOL - good luck with finding developers to make sense of that code thereafter