Thursday, July 9, 2015

Digital Life, Real Disaster

FAA grounds all United flights

NYSE suspends trading.  Unprecedented move.

These occurrences due, of course to computer glitches or malfunctions.  Accept that at face value. Nothing to see here, move along now.
End sarcasm.

Then back to the lunchtime conversation with BBBH.  (Actually, it was less "conversation" than soliloquy.)

vanilla:  I think T. S. Eliot had it right when he said the world would end not with a bang but a whimper.  Whether it proceeds from intention or accident is beside the point.  The world will come to a grinding halt when all our activities are computer-driven, and we are nearly there now, and the great "glitch" or "hack" or irreparable breakdown occurs.  And it will occur.

BBBH: You could be right.


Secondary Roads said...

I agree. T S Elliot was right.

Grace said...

Or just a sizzle and a pop...fade to black.

vanilla said...

Chuck, tranquility; but if I did not know Who wins in the end, I'd be terrified.

Grace, sort of how I picture it.