Apocalypse stories have become so popular they now represent a genre unto themselves. Books, TV, film, video games -- everywhere people look for escape from the everyday, the world is at its end. Apocalyptic conjecture may go back to the beginning of human history -- evidence perhaps that we are an anxious, pessimistic species by nature -- but our unsettled, unsettling relationship with technology has certainly accelerated the fascination.
And why not? With technology so profusely infused in our lives, it’s hard not to wonder about the likely catastrophes that await us, thanks to our almost insatiable desire for technical innovation and automation. Every little glitch, no matter how seemingly small, is a reminder that doomsday could very well be triggered by our increasing (over?)reliance on information technology, hyperadvanced computing, and vast communication networks.
Here we look at nine significant tech catastrophes in the making. They may not be apocalyptic in and of themselves, but each would have far-reaching fallout that could trigger the beginning of the beginning of the end. Good times!