As far as I remember from the Dresden files, the Archive is an immortal being that needs a human host. It knows everything that was written down. Ever. And as far as I know this includes digital information.
So I have some questions regarding this ability:
- Does it apply to digital information like chats, human-written email?
- Does it apply to written information that was not created by humans?
- Does it apply to information that was only indirectly written by humans like YouTube videos or data from scientific experiments (e.g. LHC data)?
- What about randomly generated codes? If you had a security system that generated random passcodes (automatically, though the system was designed by a human) which only get read when they are needed, would the Archive know them? At which point would it know them?
- Does it apply to information that is not written on earth (but e.g. ISS)
- Does it apply to images (like constructions plans), too?
If I understand it correct, the Archive can access all that information whenever it needs it. However, I don't know how this "access" works. Is it like the genius loci? Does the archive, when it thinks about a certain field, directly "understand" it? (as far as any human ever did)
In new science, there are often different thoughts and uncertainty what might be correct. Would the archive know any more than what leading researchers would know about the topic of their research?
There are many tasks that are in principle solvable by humans, but probably were not written down by anybody. Multiplication is a simple example. Can the archive multiply "arbitrary" numbers instantly? (that is related to the "range" questions: Probably computers which were designed by humans and operated by humans did already do those computations).
edit: I think I have to clarify why I've asked.
I think the Archive might be the most powerful programmer that ever has been there and will ever be.
If it knows every program and every architecture ever invented and if it can draw conclusions instantly, it will be able to find any bug. Even if no human ever knew about this bug before. That would be impressive.