I'm going to build some radically different computer components soon. (could be a few years). My theory is that ternary computers are infintely better than binary and will last longer, and make our computing lives much happier and efficient.
true ternary computers don't process the zero. It's not a digit that counts. It's a node that can either put the computer in another MODE, or move on to another line of code, etc. You get the point. They don't process zero, so zero is not actually read,the components will simply electrically respond by going to the next number, while at the same time understanding what the zero state of the transistor meant. But it's automatic instead of processed. So we have a 0 (which is UNDERSTOOD but is NOT read/processed) a 1, 2 and 3.
1 stands for 3. 2 stands for 6. 3 stands for 12. This is the base multiplication of a true ternary computer. This is how it will do math. It will save time and energy and will be CONSIDERABLY easier to code for. We just have to let go of our napoleon 10 based craptastic math. For multiplication in the universal sense doesn't understand a 0.333333333forever. It understands the concept of zero, which is relative and simply means "without a certain object/item". Then it understands that one whole object at it's base is 3, and to multiply that it's 6, and for 6 it's 12. We say base of 3, because that is literally how everything in the universe works.
So this is how 3 works. You have 3 fundamental particles. Protons, electron, and neutrons. Each of them have 3 quarks. If any of them only had 2, for instance, they'd be thrown off balance. The spinning nature of 2 points would exhaust itself. Try it with a stick. Somehow try to make the stick spin at a constant rate. Measure the vibrations and wind speed, and weight distribution, you will see that in order for it to continue spinning at a constant rate, it needs to use more energy than a triangular object would, which actually means the spin rate changes too much for it to be of economical use. This is why you generally see fans having at least 3 blades :). They simply last longer.
So if we are to use a base of 3, it's easy to understand that you need to properly MULTIPLY 3, without ever losing it's properties. THat means you can't multiply 3 and 3 and get 9. 9 is half of six being multiplied by 2. Let me try to explain that further because I'm using base 3 multiplication to explain it. 6 x 2 = 12. But split the MULTIPLICATION OF SIX (6x2) in HALF and you get 9. Get it? You can certainly represent 9 with a ternary computer, but our brains (the universe) and the ternary computer should and will be looking for the missing 3. Ok. so that's that.