Sorry for the late reply. So my answer to the metaphysical question is "No, it does not exist". This was an epiphany for me during my time as a patent examiner. I was talking to an older examiner and expressed the frustration that people were just claiming ideas that essentially already existed. I didn't express this quite in the way that I did just now, but this idea was an embedded though somewhat camouflaged implicit assumption in my frustration. When the older examiner told me that the ideas didn't exist until the inventor invented them, I argued with him vociferously for a while, but he eventually won the argument, and I had that epiphany. I went on to convince myself mathematically that some combinations simply do not exist anywhere in the universe before someone makes them. That is the basis for intellectual property law (done properly). This string of words, right here, has never been put together before, although I am drawing from a list of previously used words, and using a fairly well defined algorithm (English syntax) to put them together. So, if I were to copyright these words, I am not stealing pre-existing property from mankind. No, this string of words never before existed. If I pick out a number at random with one hundred digits, I will guarantee you will not find that string of digits was actually written out before.
It is the difference between writing an algorithm and actually executing the algorithm. You can write down the algorithm, "Print all numbers 1 - google" but you can't actually execute it. Not within the limits of our universe. If I pull out that random 100 digit number, out of sequence, I will guarantee no one else ever before has pulled out that same number, out of sequence, and written it down. Here is one:
Well, just type your own damn string of numbers. I tried to post one on Slashdot, but I got the error message, "Filter error: That's an awful long string of letters there." And it won't let me post. Whatever happened to freedom of expression? Why is Slashdot censoring my strings of one hundred digit numbers? Why does Slashdot discriminate between the algorithm "write a one hundred digit string of numbers" and an actual string of one hundred digits?
Anyway, go find whatever random 100 digit number you generated anywhere, other than where you wrote it. It will make going back in time and winning yesterdays Powerball look pretty easy. And just because you can search it on the Library of Babel, and come up with locations, doesn't mean they exist. Those locations have literally never existed before you searched for them, in much the same way that writing an algorithm for "writing out all the numbers 1 to the number above" and executing that algorithm is not the same. Is there a difference between the algorithm "Store all the numbers 1-google without compression" and the algorithm "Store all the numbers 1-google with compression"? There is. If there is not, you can prove basically anything about "compression". That is a basic logical tenet. If you can prove a statement and it's opposite, you can prove anything within the logic you are using. One difference between those two algorithms is this: the first algorithm cannot be executed, and the second one can. It is essentially the same difference between the algorithm "Describe all inventions that will be the subject of a US patent application filed in year 2017" and the algorithm "Provide a printout in under a year describing all inventions that will be the subject of a US patent application filed in the year 2017". I know an algorithm for the former, and have written it down, but I will never execute it. In 2018, it will be relatively easy to provide an algorithm for the latter (possibly excepting patents on gene sequences). If you have an algorithm *now* for the latter, you can be much richer than the Powerball winners. The best and most efficient algorithm for the latter is called "Earth" and that algorithm exists now, and will execute the former and latter algorithms in 2017. Nowhere else in the Universe does the latter algorithm exist, and it would not be complete without me, without you, without Slashdot, and without these words. Now there is some metaphysics for you to ponder.