The internet is a wonderful thing. The amount of information and services which can be accessed is absolutely staggering. But what would happen if it was actually turned off?
I got asked this by my wife over the weekend. She thinks that I live by the internet and she might have a point. I have become accustomed to “googling” when I need to find some information, using online banking or using social media to find out what my friends are upto. I don’t need the internet but I like having it around. The world in general though needs it.
Imagine what would happen to the wider world if it was ever switched off. In the 21st century everything, and I do mean everything, in some shape or form is reliant on the internet. The money in the cashpoints, power generation, emails, food, communications (maybe not the analog phone or radio though) are all wired up to the world wide web. If it did disappear it would be disastrous and we would probably have anarchy as nothing would work. Scary thought hey?
Ok lets get the obvious out of the way the internet will probably never get turned off. It is a collection of servers spread throughout the world, in multiple countries, so for the internet to get turned off all the servers would each have to get switched off which is highly unlikely.
Just think what would happen though if it did.
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