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.
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.