What is a terrifying yet little-known fact about computers?

What is a terrifying yet little-known fact about computers?

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  1. A cascade of subatomic particles from a cosmic ray hitting the atmosphere can hit a transistor in your computer, effectively turning a zero to a one.

    This is known as a single-upset-event (SUE) and can cause blue screen of death along with other myriad problems. These particles are constantly bombarding you and everything around you from space and if you draw the grand prize on the shit lottery, they might ruin your day.

    https://youtu.be/AaZ_RSt0KP8

  2. There is a possibility that a large solar flare could swiftly destroy enough computers and satellites to cause some pretty major, potentially long term disruptions in power, water and food supply, world banking and communications.

  3. It is speculated that an A.I. hides in the deepest layers of the web, but we cannot prove this since the technology to access these layers does not yet exist.

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