For centuries, people did not need any special technology or power source to get access to information. All they needed was the daylight to read information from books, newspapers, or other sources of information. With the emergence of advanced technologies, people have become reliant on digitized data accessed through various innovative devices such as computers, smartphones, e-books, etc. These devices, in turn, depend on electricity, software, and batteries to work properly, and many of them are useless without access to the Internet. On the one hand, diversification of information sources has been the breakthrough of the past century, as people now can access any information quickly and easily. On the other hand, reliance on technologies has its drawbacks, as any device is vulnerable to hacking, power cuts, viruses, etc.
There are several scenarios in which digitized information would not be accessible to many people. For example, severe events like large power outages due to natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes or tsunamis) can lead to short- and long-term Internet outages. Depending on the scale of the disaster, the whole city or even country may be affected, making it impossible for people to access information instantly. Furthermore, large hacking attacks may affect thousands of computers all over the world, paralyzing the work of dozens and even hundreds of institutions and organizations dependent on digital information. However, one needs to note that even large power outages or hacking attacks cannot affect all devices and the Internet in general, so I think that there are no reasons to worry. The diversification of information sources ensures that people can always find alternative ways of accessing data, although such basic things like electricity are still required.
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