So, I’ve been having these tenacious images creep into my mind. They keep popping up.
I’m a medium, I don’t predict the future – generally. But here’s something that just keeps popping into my head:
I think that one day, the Internet will crash. It will disappear, and for a few moments, there will be no Internet. I think it could be caused by a simple bit of programming some young anarchist slipped into some widely distributed software, giving it a trigger-date of twenty or thirty years in the future: time enough for it to sneak into almost everything.
It causes everything to go blank all at once, all over the world. Anything ever connected to the Internet disappears.
Huge fallout. Some people live their lives through virtual online presences. They lose their status, they grieve terribly. Others celebrate: debt records are affected / erased too.
The New Internet is immediately reconstructed out of pieces of the Old Internet. Corporations race to be the first to set up the new structures – they all have to start from scratch. Like, Operating Systems start from scratch.
Floppy disks are suddenly high-value – anything with a USB plug is too new, and has been erased.
So much content has been lost forever – it defies description. The whole world shifts – people set up list and found boards, asking where to find people, handles, old blogs.
And then… People begin to discover that all is not lost. Some people find they can remotely access the Old Internet, using telepathic techniques. Where has the Old Internet gone? Psychics, mediums and intuitives spring up all over, again and again, it is proven they have access to the Old Internet as though there is an Old Google in their brain.
Some return to the New Internet and rebuild – others never need the Internet again.
This is not a prediction, just a very persistent scenario in my mind right now. Maybe it would make a good book.
Can you imagine? If the Internet disappeared tomorrow, how would you find me? My email address would not exist. The cell phone networks would be down. How long before new blog platforms and new search engines could bring us together again?
And all this, these conversations, would appear to vanish.