The end of this present age.

If our culture were to end and our computers were destroyed, what would the archaeologists of the future understand about us?

What would be lost and shrouded in mystery?

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4 responses to “The end of this present age.

  1. People 2,000 years ago probably said the same thing about papyrus.

    I’m not convinced that short of the world-wide nuclear war, computer information will be lost. Back in library school, that was one of the main critiques about the Info Age — that Internet information is temporary and fragile. But what we have since seen is that once something is on the Internet, it is permanent.

  2. Is it possible right now—in fact, is it even desirable to be able have a functioning society without computers?

    I daresay that if by some act of God, computers were stripped away, we would be in a hard way. We are dependent.

    Now that may not be a big deal at all. Some would argue that it’s progress and the like.

    Are we losing something by being so dependent on them? Not to stretch, but I wonder if our dependence has theological implications.

  3. Sure. And it wouldn’t be unliveable. I could be basically content in the 1940s.

    Are we losing something by being dependent upon them? Possibly, but only in the same way that we have “lost something” due to the plow, the flush toilet, and antisepsis.

  4. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
    —Psalm 20:7

    “Some trust in Microsoft and some in Apple,
    but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
    —Psalm 20:7 paraphrased

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