Public's Reliability Of Computer Output After Y2Kgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Admittedly, no one can accurately predict the outcome of Y2K. However, even if we assume that Y2K does not bring down modern civilisation, will the public rely on any computer output anymore?
I will expand on that idea more: Even if we assume that the basic infrastructural systems like power and telecommunications either work or are brought back to work after a few weeks, by then the public would have seen thousands of computer systems all over the world working wrongly and producing wrong results. If now a common man receives a bill, say, for $52, will he believe that the computer produced the right bill or will he have doubts about the bill. (Note that the bill is not for a million dollars, in which case it is clear that the bill is erroneous.) If a majority of the public thus loses confidence in all computer output, even right computer output, can organizations afford to run their data processing work on computers? And if organizations don't run data processing on computers, can they maintain the same level of efficiencies as they do today? And would the economy be the same as we see it today? I wish the pollies explain this.
-- Parthasarathy Srinivasan, India (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 19, 1999
Hmmmmmm.....maybe that will have the same effect as loss in confidence in the economy. Come to think of it, money, computers, and the economy are all the same thing.
-- Y2Kook (Y2Kook@usa.net), November 19, 1999.