Not Even Dark Net Pros Can Access The Mysterious Mariana's Web, And The Reasons May Be Horrifying
Mariana's web is allegedly one of those hidden places on the Internet, which contains sites one can't find anywhere else. Deeper than the dark web, where illicit trade and other questionable exchanges occur, Marian’s web is the supposed location of highly confidential secrets to which only the most powerful governments in the world have access, including files from the Vatican and information about the location of Atlantis. It's said to house an incredibly powerful AI that controls the entire Internet. While one needs a special browser to access the dark web, theorists speculate only quantum computers can access Mariana’s web. While it’s unclear if these Mariana's web theories are founded, it’s possible there is some truth to this digital enigma.
Hacking Into The Network Requires Solving An Impossible Equation Using A Quantum ComputerPhoto: Christopher Schirner / via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Those who believe in Mariana’s web say its impenetrability is due to two factors: the first is that those who attempt to access it must have computational knowledge of Polymeric Falcighol Derivation, a complicated algorithm necessary to access the network. Polymeric Falcighol Derivation is only mentioned in the context of Mariana’s web and doesn't appear to be a real mathematical concept.
Second, the only way to calculate the algorithm is through the use of a functioning quantum computer. When the idea of Mariana’s web was first circulated, quantum computing was still in its infancy, and no quantum computers officially existed. But the lack of availability seems to be part of its allure. It’s said that only the most powerful governments in the world have quantum computers, and therefore only they have access to Mariana’s web.
Some Say It’s Run By A Powerful AI That Has Gained SentiencePhoto: A Health Blog / via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
One of the rumors about Mariana’s web is that it's run by an enigmatic and powerful artificial intelligence system. It’s said to be an AI that acts as the Internet’s all-seeing matron, controlling information and monitoring remote systems. Some have even gone so far as to say that Mariana’s web is the AI itself, which is believed to be a compelling theory. Any being with that amount of knowledge has the potential to be incredibly dangerous.
While artificial intelligence as a scientific discipline has existed since the 1950s, it has yet to reach that level of complexity, much less self-awareness.
The Dark Web Most Certainly Exists, And It’s Filled With Wonders And Horrors AlikePhoto: Scott Beale / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
The Internet is actually comprised of a few types of "web." The first is the surface web, with which most everyone is familiar. It’s the web where pages are indexed and are, for the most part, publicly visible. Websites such as Facebook and Ranker all exist on the surface web.
Then there’s the deep web, which is a collection of websites that are not publicly viewable or indexed and cannot be accessed via a search engine. One example of a deep web page would be your private bank account; only you and perhaps a handful of people have access to it. Government agencies also store non-searchable, private information on the deep web.
Then there's the dark web, or a small portion of the deep web that's intentionally hidden. Its defining feature is that it's completely private, and its users are untraceable. If you were to log into it, your actions are, for the most part, completely hidden. Facebook has a presence on the dark web, and it has been used in regions where open thought and communication are forbidden. It’s a place where journalists, social activists, and human rights advocates can communicate and share information freely, without the interference of oppressive powers.
The dark web is known for the Silk Road, where people trade criminal services and goods, such as assassinations, extreme pornography, illicit drugs, and stolen weaponry. Mariana’s web supposedly exists beneath the dark web.
Mariana’s Web Supposedly Holds History’s Darkest SecretsPhoto: Alex Wellerstein / via flickr / CC BY 2.0
The Internet is ostensibly the largest database of information known to humankind, so it makes sense that the impenetrable Mariana’s web is home to its deepest and darkest secrets. Some believe Mariana's web contains a copy of the Vatican Secret Archives, which are records not intended for the public that the Vatican has compiled throughout its long history.
It’s also supposedly home to databases from government agencies around the world and is said to contain the most powerful artificial intelligence system in existence, which may even control and monitor the Internet itself.
It Was Allegedly Designed To Distract From Dark Web Black Market TakedownsVideo: YouTube
One theory about Mariana’s web is that it was all fabricated on purpose. Urban legends often have highly obscure origins that no one can verify. However, some cyber security experts delved into the history behind the myth of Mariana's web, and they uncovered that it was created as a distraction.
A former believer in Mariana's web discovered that the engineers of the disinformation campaign were outed hackers blackmailed by the FBI into spreading rumors about a supposed extra layer of the web. In essence, they were forced to create the myth of Mariana’s web to distract people from the takedown of black markets on the Tor Network. The Silk Road, for example, was infamous for trading highly criminal services and goods, such as black tar heroin and child pornography.
Quantum Computing Exists, But Only In A Vacuum Near Absolute ZeroPhoto: IBM Research / via flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0
Quantum computing is, at its core, a simple enough concept; it’s the execution that’s problematic. Non-quantum computers rely on binary code consisting of 1 and 0s. Quantum computing, in the simplest terms possible, extends that definition to say that an object can be 1 and a 0 at the same time, which allows quantum computers to calculate algorithms exponentially faster than any currently existing technology.
The existence of quantum computers was confirmed in 2015 in a partnership between NASA, Google, and the Universal Space Research Association. However, the only way to run a quantum computer is by placing it in an extreme environment. Its CPU can only run in a vacuum whose pressure is 10 billion times lower than that of the earth’s atmosphere. In addition, the vacuum must be at a temperature of 0.015 degrees above absolute zero.