LHC is the public face of the progress of modern science. If you understand a little about particle physics, it makes sense what they are doing and none of it is secret or spooky. The people working at the LHC are real people, and generally you can just go to a university and talk to them.
What the LHC does is smash two particles into each other to see what comes out. They do this by using superconducting magnets to spin things around a ring close to the speed of light and then let the particle beams cross in the middle of a sensor.
A sensor at the LHC is actually a chamber where the walls are covered with thousands of detectors, each recording about 1 MB of data per collision event, and the collisions are happening tens to hundreds of times per second and there are multiple sensors generating this much data, so we are talking about GB/s of data.
So what does it all mean?
You have a bunch of college kids and science geeks on government research grants, who are ostensibly the most knowledgeable people on the planet with regards to quantum physics, sitting in an underground facility with a supercomputer that spans the globe connecting to universities everywhere using a time-synchronized network protocol named after white rabbit shit.
1. Can send and receive secure messages to universities across the globe at almost zero latency and while maintaining timing information for each message. (Lets you know if your data is being messed with or intercepted.)
2. Can process on the order of 12GB of raw data per second without raising any eyebrows
3. Access to under-paid researchers who understand quantum computing and aren't beholden to any specific government
4. Run by an organization that can accept funding, tech, or personnel from anywhere in the world
5. Teams have their own sensors on the ring and generate their own data for processing
6. No reason to have oversight of data contents or cpu use - there's no data police for sensor readings
If I was a spy agency, or a rich multi-national who wanted to make an AI that had access to all of the information in the world, the processing power to simulate most of the world, and a team of scientists capable of improving it in their spare time…I think I would do it in the form of one of these sensors attached to the accelerator ring. I would use my sensor as a front to move an insane amount of raw data into my AI, I would do everything in plain sight (sharing space on those world-wide servers with real science) and I would pay shills to go on the internet and spread tons of disinfo about how LHC is really a time machine or a dimensional portal or any of that bullshit. I would pay scientists to help write code during LHC down time. I might even name my sensor the same way I have named all my other stupid alice and wonderland psyop disinfo projects for the last few hundred years.
There is a sensor on the LHC called Alice which generates an order of magnitude more data than any of the other sensors.
Ostensibly this sensor operates only on special occasions when the LHC is spinning up heavy lead ions.
To be clear, I am not suggesting Alice is a fake project…I am instead suggesting that the (real science) Alice project at cern would be an extremely good way to hide the data budget, the financial budget, and the CPU cycle budget of running a really massive fucking AI with secure data access across the world. I am also suggesting that if someone were doing this, you would expect to see various disinformation campaigns across the internet working to associate LHC and CERN theories with crazy conspiracy people.
So…that's something to think about right?