In the picture below, I've circled (or rather 'rectangled') the numbers above a screen of LCARS. Now, this picture isn't from Star Trek: The Next Genreation itself, but it is an accurate representation. Often, you see at the top of the screen that these numbers are constantly changing. What, if anything, were these numbers supposed to represent?

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    I think I should get a +1 just for my ground-breaking freehand-rectangle ;) – Often Right Aug 23 '15 at 7:30
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    As far as I'm aware, they're just nonsense. – Valorum Aug 23 '15 at 7:31
  • @Richard I'd be particularly interested though if there was some intended meaning behind it – Often Right Aug 23 '15 at 7:40
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    They indicate that user interface designers of the future think this is an example of the best that computer information display can get. – TZHX Aug 23 '15 at 8:28
  • I always thought they're a display of those 'matrices' the crewmen talk about from time to time. Not like anyone quickly picks out a bunch of numbers from a table to make space science outta it or repair a warp drive with it though. – Ray Feb 7 '17 at 22:50

Michael Okuda has indicated in various interviews that the numbers are pretty much nonsense. They were never intended to be read in detail (due to the quality of TV film stock). The fact that you can read them at all is a result of unexpected rises in film quality over the intervening years.

Moderator: Speaking of Okudagrams: to : Speaking of that, what's the significance of the number 3069 which constantly appears on displays?

MichaelOkuda: A lot of graphics are rebuilt from earlier graphics, part of our attempt to save time while maintaining graphic consistency.

MichaelOkuda: That's just a piece that's been recycled.

MichaelOkuda: Either that or it is a top secret Starfleet Command encryption code.

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