A Dim Future
Me and my brother always used to talk about how if the internet went down or we ran out of power, our country would be screwed. As I was doing research for our pitches, I was reminded of these talks as the articles talked about over reliance on technology. Think about it though, what if one day our power grids were all overloaded and fails or we just run out of oil. Then our nation is basically screwed. We do all of our filing on computers, all of peoples banking records are on computers, our government is basically run through computers. A majority of our communications is run through electronics. What would we do? Do a majority of people even know how to survive without electronics these days? I think that we should start learning about some of the skills that are grandfathers were raised with, because as new and exciting technologies are introduced to the public it is going to be harder and harder to survive without them. I remember in high school we had an assignment where we were asked to refrain from using any computer or electronics for 72 hours. For most people it was really hard. It was all around us and it was hard to not stay away from it. Another thing that we found was that we had no idea what to do with our time. There was no tv no facebook, no cellphones, no twitter. We were all quite bored. This experiment was a really good eye opener on how much technology we rely on as a society. When it comes down to it, I think we should all keep in mind that one day, all of the technology that we rely on will be gone.
Now any suggestions on what we should do as a nation to prepare for a disaster as such? Should we keep backup files on paper or just hope that everything will figure itself out?