Ah, nothing better than a good old fashioned technology disaster. It seems like the entire internet was brought to a standstill late Saturday night, when a massive power outage in the Canadian province of Ontario left millions without access to the internet.
The outage came as a shock to many, but not as a total surprise. The region has a history of struggling to maintain its electricity grid, having suffered a similar blackout in April that affected over 1 million homes and businesses.
Now, this latest blackout has left many in the dark once again – figuratively and literally. Millions are stuck with hours of lost work, and countless more won’t be able to access the internet for days.
But if you look on the bright side, there may be a silver lining to this particular disaster. For starters, people in Ontario (and beyond) will likely take a greater interest in the region’s power infrastructure, and make sure it gets the attention it needs.
Meanwhile, tech companies around the world are now scrambling to figure out how they can stay operational sans the internet. To make matters worse, Ontario’s blackout could lead to a cascade of outages across the entire web – a “global domino effect” – that could bring down the entire internet permanently.
It looks like it’s time to batten down the hatches, folks. Let’s hope this catastrophic event is a wake-up call to take better care of our digital infrastructure – before it’s too late.