Why is the sky blue? Is there an afterlife? Will 500 Days of Kristin ever really end? To these eternal questions of the universe we can add another mystery: What happens to a text after you hit “send,” other than anger at autocorrect?

This latest Accelerated Ideas video, presented by Lexus, takes viewers into the inner workings of SMS text messaging, which is way more complicated and byzantine than you probably realize — and that’s not even counting emojis.

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