But Delilah had been part of the preparations for the ACE, and this, Alan Turing's logical Overlord, was what mattered.
The plans were all ready, and only needed the signal to start.
And they did at least gain a sort of second wind on 31 October 1946, when Mountbatten, as president of the Institution of Radio Engineers, gave a speech that conveyed—however inaccurately—the excitement of what had happened in the new technology of communication and control.
It was as far beyond the old days of the Glorious y as they had been ahead of the papyrus scroll:
The war not only taught us a great deal about techniques, but it proved the occasion for new departures in application, particularly in electronics, which had enormously augmented our present human senses.
Apart from radar, which aided to a remarkable degree the sense of sight, we might in future be able, by pooling and transforming the potentialities of other forms of radiation, such as light, heat, sound, X-rays, gamma-rays and cosmic rays, to receive the counterpart of radar screen pictures from inside our bodies, or even from individual body cells.
Or perhaps we might receive them from the interior of the earth, or from the stars and galaxies....there was reason to believe that facilities for impressing information and knowledge on the human brain ...may be extended by the direct application of electrical currents to the human body or brain. ...
The stage was now set for 'the most Wellsian development of all'.
It was considered possible to evolve an electronic brain, which would perform functions analogous to those at present undertaken by the semi-automatic portions of the human brain.
It would be done by radio valves, activating each other in the way that brain cells do; one such machine was the electronic numeral (sic) integrator and computer (ENIAC), employing 18,000 valves ...
Machines were now in use which could exercise a degree of memory, while some were being designed to employ those hitherto human prerogatives of choice and judgment. One of them could even be made to play a rather mediocre game of chess! ...