Thursday, 13 September 2012

Can You Imagine a World Without Computers?

If you were asked to think about how the world would be without computers what would be the first thing that comes to mind? Without your laptop or home computer you would lose the ability to interact on social networking sites, be unable to do your banking from home, and no longer be able to fact-check things on Wikipedia.Computers are so intricately woven into our everyday lives that we fail to consider all of the areas in which computers play an integral part.

Technological Meltdown Imminent
Imagine if you will that one morning all computers around the world stopped working due to a massive solar storm that was forecast to last for decades, what would happen? Simply put - chaos! People around the world would be unable to perform even some of the most basic tasks without the aid of computers. We all rely on computers in one form or another to get us through our daily tasks, from the digital alarm clock that wakes us up each morning to the cars we use to drive to work, to the ATM machines that allow us to access our cash; these are only the tip of the iceberg. Businesses big and small rely on computers to perform and monitor their operations each day, from the vast manufacturing plants through to the smallest convenience store. All of the expensive life-saving equipment in your local hospital relies on computers including the way that the patient records are held and controlled. If this technology continuum were to cease suddenly, the world as we know it will change dramatically.

Dire Consequences for All
Imagine if, additionally, all of the electronic details that are held on servers all over the world were destroyed in such a scenario. Stock markets all over the globe will crash and burn. Industries and businesses will go to the wall; everyone from the high street banks to the big name grocery stores will suffer. The entertainment industry will die and all methods of modern day transportation will cease; airplanes will be grounded, trains will not run and cars will not start. The world will become a place of rioting and unrest, medical services will be faced with patients that they cannot hope to treat and the world will quite simply be plunged into chaos.

Survival of the Fittest
In these darkened times humanity would be required to call upon its basic survival skills and instinct will take the lead, as in millennia past shelter, food and water will become priorities for all and whatever possessions we manage to keep hold of after the technological apocalypse we would guard with our lives. No matter what our role in society was before the darkness descended all that matters now is day to day existence; past achievements and successes will mean nothing. Crime rates will escalate dramatically and the law makers and law enforcers will struggle to cope. Horses would once again become the main method of transport and medical services will need to develop some unorthodox treatment methods in order to meet the needs of the population. Are you ready for such an apocalypse? Neither am I, but it sure is fun to think about!

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Gautham A S

Gautham A S is a personal tech columnist and blogging expert at TechGau.Org, one of the leading Tech, How-To and Blogging Tips blogs in the world..