So now, you’re wondering why this computer is so special right? As it turns out, it’s a pretty unique machine. Released in 1975, the IBM 5100 had one unique feature: it could debug and emulate code between a variety of programming language. This was important to Titor, and the future government, because they needed a way to keep the technological architecture running in the future and reverse engineer some code.
Apparently , there’s something called the UNIX Year 2038 problem, which is a coding problem that’ll fry all the worlds computers at 3:14:07 UTC on January 19, 2038. It’s all pretty high level, but basically the algorithm that the majority of computers use, can’t function after that date.
Honestly, read the link above if you want to know more, but, sufficed to say in 20 years, the computers will get fried and this is a legitimate thing we should probably all be worried about.