You may not be able to survive without the internet, but could the internet survive without us?
A recent multi-national survey by Tata Communications found that over two-thirds of respondents said they felt “fear, anxiety and anger” when not connected to the internet. Many of them said they’d give up traditional TV or alcohol to stay online.
and 60% said they believe the internet is infinite. Well, even the Pope admitted that the internet is a gift from God… But for some people, it’s almost like the internet itself is now God.
While the internet may have a few of the qualities of God (incomprehensibility and mystery stand out), it could be lacking in the infinity and transcendence departments. The internet, even with all its seemingly mystical properties, is still based on terrestrial technology, which is limited and finite. Could it go on without us?
That depends on what ends us. Like with the dinosaurs, the ultimate cause of humanity’s eventual extinction is up for debate.