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如果互联网停止工作会怎样?

What If the Internet Stopped Working

What if you woke up to an unexpected Internet breakdown
假如你一觉醒来发现网络突然崩溃了
Would you be able to survive?
你还能继续正常生活吗?
Without checking facebook for new postings first thing in the morning?
早上一起来看不到脸书上的新帖子?
With no Google Maps to find your way in a strange city?
在陌生城市没有谷歌地图帮你查找路线?
With a credit card unable to pay for lunch?
不能再用信用卡支付午餐?
If you’re watching this video,
如果你正在看这个视频
it means the Internet is still going,
那说明网络仍在运行
but what if someone or something shut it down
但假如有人或什么东西关掉了它怎么办
This is What If
这里是《自然无常》
and here’s what would happen if the internet stopped working
下面是在网络停止运行后可能发生的事
You could argue this kind of digital detox would be beneficial
你也许会说这种电子戒断是有益的
We’d take our eyes off our screens
我们将目光从屏幕上移开
then strike up real-life conversations with each other.
回到现实生活中面对面的交谈
We’ve discovered that our smartphones can actually make phone calls
我们会发现智能手机其实是用来打电话的
We bring back fax machines and start making notes by hand
我们又开始使用传真机并开始记手写笔记
Well, maybe not fax machines
好吧 也许用不着传真机
and hey, we’d still have TV to entertain us
嘿 我们还有电视可以看
the world would not fall apart
世界还不至于会崩溃
In fact, with almost 4 billion people
事实上 全球大约有四十亿人
having no access to the Internet worldwide
目前还无法使用互联网
Half of humanity wouldn’t notice a difference in the short term
有一半人在短期内并不会注意到生活变化
But not you, mighty internet user.
但作为重度网络用户的你不会
you would notice right away
你会立刻注意到
If the internet suddenly flatlined
如果互联网突然崩溃
social media users would start calling each other on the phone
社交媒体的用户们会开始通过打电话交流
overloading the working telecommunication systems
增加了电信系统的工作负担
Unless cell phone towers and telephone lines were also shut down
除非移动手机和电话线路也被关闭
Then you’d go back to writing letters and sending them via post
然后你会重新开始写信 通过邮局寄递
Forget about Wireless file transfers with no Wi-Fi.
没有无线网络就不要想着在线传输文件了
You’d have to use a physical cable to connect to computers
你不得不用实体电缆连接电脑
or a CD, remember this?
或用光盘刻录 还记得这个东西吗?
Now think about the economy
现在 想想经济
with financial data generally stored on a server
由于金融数据一般储存在服务器上
banking services largely depend on the Internet
银行服务很大程度上依赖于互联网
Each transfers would be impossible
所有传输都将无法进行
Your credit card and debit card would become a useless piece of plastic
你的信用卡和借记卡变成了没用的塑料片
and what about all those bitcoins? You worked so hard to mine
比特币又会如何呢?你曾那么辛苦地挖矿
Well, you know the answer
你明白会发生什么
On top of that
在行业金字塔顶端
large companies like Google Facebook and Amazon would go out of business
像谷歌 脸书和亚马逊这样的大公司会停业
losing their combined revenue of almost four hundred and forty billion dollars
合计失去大约四千四百亿美金的收入
with Google itself having 80,000 full-time staff
仅仅谷歌就有八万名全职员工
hundreds of thousands of people would be left unemployed
数万人将会失业
Even companies that only rely on the Internet as a means of advertising would be affected
仅靠互联网打广告的公司也会受到冲击
Developed countries would lose entire industries
发达国家的工业体系会全面崩溃
and face economic crisis
面临经济危机
What about those countries with just a small internet presence?
那些互联网不发达的国家又会怎样?
They would be affected too as international trade is dependent on the internet.
它们也会受到影响 因为国际贸易依赖网络
So is the world’s transit
世界交通也同样如此
With no internet access between airports planes ships trains and commercial trucking
由于机场 飞机 轮船 火车和商业卡车之间失去了互联网的连接
we’d go back to tracking goods on paper
我们只好通过书面来追踪货物
This would raise the market value on transported products
远距离运输的商品的市场价格会上涨
as it would be more complicated to deliver goods to stores
因为货运流程会变得复杂化
At least you could still travel.
但至少你还能旅行
However, you won’t have Instagram to share your travel selfies anymore
虽然不能在INS上分享自拍照了
Wonder if the internet shutdown is even possible?
你在想互联网是否有可能崩溃吗?
Well, not on a worldwide level
虽然世界范围内还没有
Some countries have actually introduced a kill switch
一些国家实际上已引进了一个断网开关
to intentionally shut down the internet and telephone communications
去有意切断互联网和电话通讯
But killing the whole internet
但切断互联网
is harder than just cutting off a couple submarine cables
远比切断几根海底电缆要困难
The Internet is a global network of many other computer networks.
互联网是拥有许多计算机网络的全球网络
It doesn’t depend on a single machine
并不仅依赖于一台机器
Even if one part of it went offline
即使一部分离线
others would remain functional.
其他部分仍能正常工作
So don’t worry.
所以别担心
You’ll still be able to order pizza for dinner tonight
至少今晚你还可以下单披萨作为晚餐

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视频概述

假设互联网停止工作后对于个人生活、社会生活、金融经济以及国际环境发生的巨变的联想。

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神经蛙

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视频来源

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woaKYa9X2Ic

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