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I am happy to see bigger, faster and more powerful computers. However in the article they said "computers that could process data in days that would take millions of years to flow through today's machines." The problem is that the more comlex the problem and/or coding the more difficult it is to verify the results. There are a class of complex math and scientific algorithms that are too big for today's computers and too big to even know what the result should be. I fear that some computer whiz will use one of the new mega computers to solve some mega problem and get an answer that is mega wrong and we will never know that for sure. Something like this could even be used intentionally, in much the same way AGW is today, to defraud the world and lead us down dead end paths. The most significant thing to understand about computers is "garbage in; garbage out". The most important thing to know about computer programmers is their work always has bugs and the bigger the program the more bugs. Fixing the bugs will usually create more/newer bugs.
Yeah. Last I knew every itty bitty thing that happens on a computer is driven by someone having smacked a keyboard a bunch of times to produce some code to be compiled into some kind of routine. If you've ever watched cable news crawlers for typos, or scanned a newspaper for typos, you'll see where most computer bugs come from. Just typos. We're all prone to make them, up to and including geniuses, and they're hard as hell to find. Typos, not geniuses. Geniuses are everywhere you look on blogs.