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Does world stop spinning when technology doesn’t work?




Clearly, we live in a digital age. It seems we can access just about everything online, or in the cloud. But what happens when there is thunder in the cloud? That’s what happened on Sunday, when users of Goodle had some trouble gaining access to Google-owned services. It was a big outage that affected Gmail and YouTube, making the service slow or inoperable for many users around the world. The outage also affected a number of third-party apps and services that Google Cloud hosts. For example, Nest brand smart home products failed to work for many users. As a result, many people were unable to use their Nest thermostats, Nest smart locks and Nest cameras. That left some people unable to get inside their own homes, use their air conditioning or monitor their babies. And people went mad on Twitter and other social media sites. Which makes me wonder, are we so dependent on digital technology that we are no longer capable of thinking for ourselves? If your app won’t work to turn up the AC, can’t people simply get up and do it manually? If Google maps stop working, can’t we just look at a map? Or do we have to ask Alexa to do everything for us these days? Technology is great at making our lives simpler. But sometimes it stops working. When it does, can’t we just go back to the old days and do things for ourselves, just like we used to do before this digital age?

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