I read in a book today ( the computer music tutorial by curtis roads), that humans are not capable of imagining any long series of truly random numbers. Apparently, the only way to generate a series of truly random numbers is to use either a Geiger counter or some type of cellular automata algorithm. Is it true that a computer would be able to detect a pattern and accurately guess the nth number in a series of random numbers thought up by a person?

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    Can you define random? Any finite sequence of numbers can be generated by a polynomial.
    – user4894
    Sep 7 '14 at 18:53
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    @user4894 I wish I'd have thought of that! Very concise. I just spent 20 minutes typing in a reply when the question was closed to answers! Live and learn.
    – nwr
    Sep 7 '14 at 19:02
  • no computer could predict it with absolute accuracy.
    – user6917
    Sep 7 '14 at 22:48