Whew...I'm not alone! I actually think about stuff like that sometimes (or some HUGE, devastating and crippling virus that pretty much does every computer it contacts completely in).
I can't think of a single aspect of my life, that in some way, shape or form, isn't controlled, governed, regulated, assessed, calculated, billed, etc. by computers/technology/communication.
It would make for an interesting story or movie script, wouldn't it? To know all that we know now, and all that we have and take for granted (I can e-mail a buddy in New Zealand or file share a bootleg Keith Richards demo with another buddy in Nashville and never have to involve the post office or buying a stamp or packing tape or an envelope).
Now, to wake up tomorrow and have ALL of that wiped out or severely crippled (e-mail, faxes, phones, cel phones, satellites, Internet, radio, TV, etc., etc.) would be quite a nightmare.
That's why part of me truly believe that the next big terrorist attack won't be the thing we're all sitting around and looking for/expecting (something loud, dramatic and explosive like that September morning). No, it'll be quiet, start small and snowball into something 50 times more devastating and impactful than any jet airliner crashing into any building.
We're all looking at airports, arguing about pilots packing guns, talking about immigration and putting extra guards around Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty, when, in all liklihood, we're going to fire up our computers one morning and find that NOTHING, NOWHERE works the way it's supposed to, and everything is crumbling right before our eyes.
All that crap we got ourselves worked into a tizzy for regarding Y2K...what makes us think that we're any less vulnerable to those same horrors and outcomes now, albeit from a different cause (malicious human intervention and not a technical, fixable oversight like "two digits missing" or whatever)?
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