Imagine a Modern Day Y2K

In the beginning of the computer age, before the new millennia, computers used two digits in representing a year, rather than four, as a means of saving data space. As we progressed into the 90s, people were terrified that when we made the jump from 1999 to 2000, the computers would respond to the 00 as the year 1900, setting us back 100 years!

Suddenly, the nation was in uproar. Companies spent billions of dollars trying to restore and back up their information.

We were told that the “Y2K” bug would affect everyone. It was predicted that the banks would fail, airplanes would not be able to fly, entire companies would go under, as well as many other devastating theories were made by individuals.

We knew, even then, that a computer crash would have a great affect on life, as we know it.

Imagine if that were really to happen, to us, now!

The Internet can surely be defined as a growing phenomenon. It’s hard to imagine life without the Internet. For many Americans, the Internet is not something you check once daily, but is something we stay constantly connected to. Many people carry their internet with them wherever they go, using their smart phones and PDAs, to stay updated and in touch with friends, family and co-workers.

If all of this were to be shut off, it would be an epidemic. People have become addicted and dependent on the immediacy and convenience the Internet provides. I know my world would be completely out of whack without the Internet. I count on it for providing me with communication, entertainment, knowledge, and much more, on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

However, losing the Internet would be a greater problem to our society than the consequence of not being able to update your Facebook status. Some people use the Internet more than others, but it is safe to say we would all face the repercussions of a failure. Our country depends on the Internet for communication with other nations, for communicating news to each other, for travel, it is used in the classroom, businesses rely on it, many families could not stay in contact without it, and many other unfortunate events would occur.

We have become so utterly dependent on it, it would be difficult to come back from that, and know how to cope and function without it.

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One response to “Imagine a Modern Day Y2K

  1. I think about this as well and wonder whether–in the next generations–we should try to ensure that people can remember alternative skills just in case technology fails us at some point??? Or am I just being paranoid? Hmm.

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