We all know that IT pros make the modern world go round, but what would happen if we woke up one morning and all IT professionals had disappeared? Would the Y2K-end-of-the-world scenario actually take place and total anarchy ensue? We asked a group of IT professionals this question, and this is what they had to say.
Is the Internet down?
Immediately, someone would ask, “Is the Internet down”? And the answer would be yes, without the snarky comments from IT.
Life without humans
Picture the series “Life without humans”…. for a while things would be fine. Then slowly at first, thing would break and then a more rapid pace, more things would go awry! With nobody to diagnose or fix them, department groups would die, company divisions would die, and companies would come to a halt….Then out of a dusty old file cabinet comes….paper and pencil!
The new 1%
Only the hackers would have money. The rest of would be paupers as the common user doesn’t seem to understand the need for security and maintaining at least some sense of privacy for personal information. Thus their bank accounts would be empty, their credit cards would be maxed, their house in foreclosure, and their jeep being driven remotely by someone else.
Without IT Pros none of the usual problems would be fixed, which would result in everything breaking down for, essentially, everyone. Most of the population today is so reliant on technology that it would literally set us back to the Dark Ages, with 80-90% of the population dying off because they don’t know how to survive without technology. Alternatively, IT Pros would be replaced by robots (whom would take over) and we would all live in the Matrix, where they would allow us to think we were IT Pros. Maybe we just think we’re IT Pros now…
Medieval battle, anyone?
I believe the Society for Creative Anachronism would see an influx of new members.
All should be good until something fails. Then people will need to get creative to fix the problem themselves. Maybe they could start with ctrl-alt-delete?
What do you think the world would look like without IT pros? Leave a comment below!