Hi Neil -
The machines, made up of 197 refrigerator-sized boxes each weighing one ton, can crunch half a quadrillion - 500,000,000,000,000 - calculations every second, estimated to be the same magnitude of 'thinking capacity' as the human brain.
I wonder if it will turn out to be a "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" kind of thing - a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein where the computer gained self-awareness and became "alive" as a result of its capacity reaching the same order of magnitude as the human brain. Ken Opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer or anyone in their right mind.
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