From banks to hospitals to the systems that keep the juice flowing to our homes, we are almost entirely dependent on technology. We look at the effect of the five worst 'tech doomsday' scenarios, such as the entire net collapsing, would have on our lives.
Our lives rely more and more on technology with every passing day.
From banks to hospitals to the systems that keep the juice flowing to our homes, we are almost entirely dependent on tech.
More and more of these systems are interconnected, and many of them are vulnerable. We see it almost every day.
But what if instead of simply a denial-of-service attack against select websites, the entire internet suddenly stopped working - or for that matter, Google could not be reached.
What if instead of a mere data breach, our financial institutions were attacked by a weapon that could instantly neutralise all electronic transactions? Or if hackers wormed their way into the systems that control the power grid?
Even worse, what if God decided she'd had enough of us and decided to send a solar storm our way?
If you think these things can't happen, think again.
Some already have occurred on a smaller scale. But we thought it might be fun to turn up the volume and see what might happen - how likely a 'tech doomsday' scenario might be, how long it would take us to recover, and how we might prevent it from coming to be.
What could possibly go wrong? Try these scenarios for starters.
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- We look at the likelihood of these doomsday scenarios
- Britain goes dark
- What could happen
- Wall Street gets e-bombed
- How long would it take Wall Street to recover?
- Google is gone
- What could happen if Google goes down
- The net goes down
- What effect would the net going down have on us?
- God strikes back
- Could we recover from an act of God?