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Online lockdown life could mean end of the world as we know it

Does the technological dangers of lockdown’s all-encompassing virtual world not posing more of a long-term threat than the pandemic itself?


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We all used to watch the endless scenes in spy movies where one’s information is readily available to an attacker at the click of a button. Was that fiction or a prediction of the near future where technology would put us in graver danger than we could all imagine?

Is the pandemic the most frightful event we should be worrying about, or is there something darker awaiting us?

When I was younger, I used to dream and fantasize about what a fully technological era would entail. I would sit back and imagine myself in a self-driving car, or a solar-powered jet pack that would carry me off to a different world.

After much consideration, I have to admit that life under lockdown has crushed these fantasies.

Life under a fully technologically advanced state

For the first time, I now see and experience what life under a fully technologically advanced state would mean for mankind. For many us, especially if we are in the process of acquiring one degree or another, lockdown has meant the end of teaching as we know. Everything is now going online.

For the first time, the saying you can get your degree from the comfort of your couch has taken on a literal meaning. And while we are talking of the online world, one can not believe how many stores have now ventured online.

It used to be that if you wanted to grab a pizza with friends, you would have to go out and have some actual human interaction.

Good old days of human interaction

Gone are those good old days when we used to be able to sit in new environment and reflect on what makes those memorable times we spend with friends and loved ones. So in today’s world we can order whatever want, whenever we want, wherever we are.

Have anyone, however, actually stopped to think of any of the risks involved? For the first time ever, all our information is available online for the skilled ones to see.

Risky ‘Big Brother situation’

Talk about the Big Brother situation. With all our data floating around in an information network, how safe are we? I know most people believe that the world will simply go back to the way it was after the pandemic has been brought under control, but I for one am not so naive.

The way that we live has changed tremendously and for the first time, we should actually fear living in such technologically advanced times. The world has been connected through the internet in ways that are simply unimaginably risky. If I could back in time, I would tell my younger self to stop day-dreaming and to start preparing for what could be the end of our world as we know it.

Ironically, a deadly pandemic might not be the biggest threat to human life.

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