American Scientist Online - Randomness as a Resource: "To appreciate the value of randomness, just imagine a world without it. What would replace the referee�s coin flip at the start of a football game? How would a political poll-taker select an unbiased sample of the electorate? Then of course there�s the Las Vegas problem. Slot machines devour even more randomness than they do silver dollars. Inside each machine an electronic device spews out random numbers 24 hours a day, whether or not anyone is playing. "
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