Two years ago, I posted a proposal for a new system of units based on Planck units rather than more arbitrary measurements. It didn’t exactly pick up any steam, but in retrospect that was for the best. I made a mistake when defining the new units. And it wasn’t because I was thinking too big — it was because I wasn’t thinking big enough.

If we are to adopt a system of units that will *really* stand the test of time, we will need to abandon conventions of mathematical expressions that are highly likely to become archaic in the near future: Namely, a decimal numeral system. As computers continue to become more integral to human civilization, it becomes increasingly probable that people will switch over to a system that is more compatible with binary, most likely base 8 or 16. An order of magnitude of 4,096 would work with both: It’s 10,000 in octal and 1,000 in hexadecimal.

Thus, we can ensure the new system of measurement will be forward-compatible if it considers 4,096 the new 1,000. To wit:

**Length: The Jot**

4,096^{9} Planck lengths (roughly 5.245 millimeters or .2065 inches).

**Mass: The Nub**

4,096^{2} Planck mass (roughly 365.15 grams or .805 pounds).

**Time: The Tap**

4,096^{12} Planck times (roughly 1.2023 seconds).

**Thermodynamic Temperature: The Pin**

Where absolute zero is zero pins, and Planck temperature is 4,096^{9} pins (so water freezes below ~626 pins and boils above ~855 pins).

**Amount of Substance: The Cob**

The amount of substance of a system which contains as many elementary entities as there are atoms in 1/16 nub of carbon 12 (roughly 16^{20}).

And that’s just the beginning. Even after the derived units get sorted out, we’ll need new prefixes to reflect powers of 4,096 rather than one thousand — so far, we only have “exbi-,” for 1,024^{6} or 4,096^{5} — to denote orders of magnitude for these new units in an octal or hexadecimal system. (One exbijot, for example, is approximately 1/5 of a parsec, while one order of magnitude below that [whatever that may be called] is approximately ten astronomical units.)

With those revisions, I believe I have perfected the new system of units, one that will stand the test of time and the advancement of technology. Now, you can *really* get the word out about these. Good luck!