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Um, for all the lengthy discussion about the existence of such a machine, or the uses the government can put to all that accumulated data, I think it is wise to remember something. The show is using The Machine as a McGuffin to drive the plot. They wanted a mechanism that would allow them to have advanced knowledge of a crime that they could then expend their efforts to stop. They could have used a genuine psychic, or an information time-travel mechanism (like Seven Days) or something else. They opted to use The Machine, and I'm sure the producers, writers, and show runners have given it little thought beyond that. It merely serves the show.
Evil is charming and beautiful. It makes you doubt yourself. It asks for one small compromise after another until it whittles you down, and it functions best when no one believes in it.-JOA