Let us observe the Antikythera mechanism. It is made up of interdependent gears activated by a hand crank and thereby calculates and predicts certain astronomical phenomena shown on circular dials by rotating pointers. The whole complexity of it is contained in a box. In other words, the mechanism is a closed, self-contained system.[ii] Unlike modern computers, it is not connected to another such system or to external flows of data. In fact, interconnectivity to external flows of data is the raison d’être of modern computers. A free-standing computer not connected to the larger and ever growing network has no purpose; it is an absurdity. Unlike the Antikythera mechanism, a modern electronic computer must not only be fed with external data sent by other, similar machines connected to it (the World Wide Web), it also needs to spit out its own data back into the wider world of data. Their Ancient Greek analog counterpart needed no such openness.