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  • [What if the Internet stopped working?]

  • What if you woke up to an unexpected Internet breakdown?

  • Would you be able to survive without checking Facebook for new postings first thing in the morning?

  • With no Google Maps to find your way in a strange city?

  • With a credit card unable to pay for lunch?

  • If you're watching this video, it means the internet is still going, but what if someone or something shut it down?

  • This is What If, and here's what would happen if the Internet stopped working.

  • You could argue this kind of digital detox would be beneficial.

  • We'd take our eyes off our screens and strike up real-life conversations with each other.

  • We'd discovered that our smartphones can actually make phone calls.

  • We bring back fax machines and start making notes by hand, well, maybe not fax machines.

  • And hey, we'd still have TV to entertain us, the world would not fall apart.

  • In fact, with almost four billion people having no access to the Internet worldwide, half of humanity wouldn't notice a difference.

  • In the short term.

  • But not you mighty Internet user, you would notice right away.

  • If the Internet suddenly flatlined, social media users would start calling each other on the phone, overloading the working telecommunication systems.

  • Unless cell phone towers and telephone lines were also shut down.

  • Then you'd go back to writing letters and sending them via post.

  • Forget about wireless file transfers, with no Wi-Fi, you'd have to use a physical cable to connect to computers or a CD.

  • Remember this?

  • Now think about the economy, with financial data generally stored on a server, banking services largely depend on the Internet.

  • E-transfers would be impossible.

  • Your credit card and debit card would become a useless piece of plastic.

  • And what about all those bitcoins you worked so hard to mine?

  • Well, you know the answer.

  • On top of that, large companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon would go out of business, losing their combined revenue of almost four hundred and forty billion dollars.

  • With Google itself having 80,000 full-time staff, hundreds of thousands of people would be left unemployed.

  • Even companies that only rely on the Internet as a means of advertising would be affected.

  • Developed countries would lose entire industries and face economic crisis.

  • What about those countries with just a small Internet presence?

  • They would be affected too as international trade is dependent on the Internet, so is the world's transit.

  • With no Internet access between airports, planes, ships, trains and commercial trucking, we'd go back to tracking goods on paper.

  • This would raise the market value on transported products, as it would be more complicated to deliver goods to stores.

  • At least you could still travel, however, you won't have Instagram to share your travel selfies anymore.

  • Wonder if the Internet shutdown is even possible?

  • Well, not on a worldwide level.

  • Some countries have actually introduced a kill switch to intentionally shut down the internet and telephone communications.

  • But killing the whole internet is harder than just cutting off a couple submarine cables.

  • The Internet is a global network of many other computer networks.

  • It doesn't depend on a single machine.

  • Even if one part of it went offline others would remain functional.

  • So don't worry, you'll still be able to order pizza for dinner tonight.

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What If the Internet Stopped Working

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    Seraya posted on 2020/07/03
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