For example, "The system is too complicated for computers; you couldn't possibly encode every ________ about the system into a program."

I'm looking for a word that's not technical.

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    The fundamental unit is a bit, but in your context datum (or perhaps metric) is more suitable. Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 16:19
  • I'm looking for something less technical; edited to reflect that
    – anonymous
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 16:22
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    I think bit is still the best choice. Every bit of information is idiomatic also and not necessarily used in technical jargon.
    – ermanen
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 16:37
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    "every little bit" forces the idiom but still lets the tech savvy feel content.
    – Avon
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 17:22
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    you couldn't possibly encode everything about the system into a program - I would say it's non-technical enough for me
    – RexYuan
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 17:24

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Any of the following would fit your example if you prefer not to use "Bit".

"you couldn't possibly encode every ________ of/about the system into a program"

A. Detail
B. Aspect
C. Feature

  • d. facet. [of]. "about" in your example sentence is clunky.
    – stevesliva
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 19:58
  • Its just copied from the OP's example but I agree and have edited. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 12:24

iota to suggest very small. synapse to suggest brain-like complexity.

iota: an extremely small amount:

nothing she said seemed to make an iota of difference

synapse: A junction between two nerve cells, ...a minute gap...

wikipedia: The human brain has a huge number of synapses. Each of the 1011 (one hundred billion) neurons has on average 7,000 synaptic connections to other neurons. It has been estimated that the brain of a three-year-old child has about 1015 synapses (1 quadrillion).

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