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Started by GreenFuture on Apr 5, 2018 4:20:09 PM
What would happen if the internet fell over?

Given the enormous modern reliance on the couch cyberwebs I was wondering about a timeline of consequences if there was a coronal mass ejection, mega-hack or whatever knocked it out. impact for commerce, medicine, social spheres etc. how long before things would get a bit Mad Max or we'd end up teaching our own cats to play the piano? thanks.

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Dayraven - 05 Apr 2018 16:23:08 (#1 of 54)

We'd have to learn how to type sideways.

(Or am I misreading 'fell over'?)

Dayraven - 05 Apr 2018 16:25:24 (#2 of 54)

More seriously, I think any infrastructure systems that have become reliant on the net being up would be rather more important than the social side.

Brunothecat - 05 Apr 2018 16:27:26 (#3 of 54)

Why would I need to teach my cat to play the piano?







He hasn't forgotten.

Gotout - 05 Apr 2018 16:27:41 (#4 of 54)

I wonder if Trump would blame Google or Amazon for the failure?

HouseOfLametta - 05 Apr 2018 16:28:14 (#5 of 54)

I th

wickeltisch - 05 Apr 2018 16:34:28 (#6 of 54)

Some of us are old enough to remember a time before the internet. It didn't kill us.

FrankieTeardrop - 05 Apr 2018 16:35:18 (#7 of 54)

I’d pick it up and say “kiss it better” to mitigate any howling.

wickeltisch - 05 Apr 2018 16:36:42 (#8 of 54)

I’d pick it up and say “kiss it better” to mitigate any howling.

Even when a Corbyn/Brexit thread would start talking back to you?

TheExcession - 05 Apr 2018 16:40:47 (#9 of 54)

Since the internet isn't a thing, but a global network of networks of many many things inter-connected by routers that recalculate routes for traffic if links go down, any disaster that would be capable of stopping it from working entirely would probably extinguish all life on Earth. Not being able to check Facebook would be the least of your problems with the atmosphere boiling off into space.

lusmeri1 - 05 Apr 2018 16:42:15 (#10 of 54)

And there was I thinking I could devote more time to my library books. If I can get any when the automated check-out system goes down.

wickeltisch - 05 Apr 2018 16:44:42 (#11 of 54)

any disaster that would be capable of stopping it from working entirely would probably extinguish all life on Earth.

So if there were no more electric power the internet would stop, but would life on earth be extinguished? After all it has existed far longer without electric energy than with. Life would become very hard, probably lots of people would die, but I don't think life would generally be extinguished.

TheExcession - 05 Apr 2018 16:46:57 (#12 of 54)

"So if there were no more electric power the internet would stop, but would life on earth be extinguished"

You have to think of a scenario where all of the power stations on Earth stop working in that case to take down the whole of the internet.

Dayraven - 05 Apr 2018 16:52:57 (#13 of 54)

A major solar storm could do a lot of damage to the net (even if short of bringing down the whole of it).

On the other hand, I’d like to point out the quibble that human life doesn’t exist without electric energy, if you count that which exists in nerves and brain cells.

browserbutton - 05 Apr 2018 16:55:39 (#14 of 54)

Where would people post their selfies? Their selfs.

Agaliarept - 05 Apr 2018 16:56:14 (#15 of 54)

Some of us are old enough to remember a time before the internet. It didn't kill us.

That's because we had the pron bushes. I haven't seen a copy of Razzle hanging off the wiry scrub on the railway embankment in years.

Where did it all go?!

foghorn - 05 Apr 2018 16:59:03 (#16 of 54)

Back of the airing cupboard.

TheExcession - 05 Apr 2018 16:59:46 (#17 of 54)

Another traditional industry destroyed by the march of technology. Your traditional pron harvester has gone the way of the grumble farmer and jazzragmonger putting thousands out of work.

foghorn - 05 Apr 2018 17:01:33 (#18 of 54)

The nipple and minge airbrushing trade was the first to suffer.

Brunothecat - 05 Apr 2018 17:02:56 (#19 of 54)

"oh t'is my delight on a shiny night

when the coppers aren't about"

wickeltisch - 05 Apr 2018 17:04:46 (#20 of 54)

Before the internet I had lots of pen friends around the world and wrote letters instead of posting banalities to strangers on the net.

I'm not nostalgic though. The internet has made life easier in many ways. Going back to the past would be hard.

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