What do YOU do when it happens?
Probably something you don’t have to deal with very often. It really depends on where you’re located. Do you live in the city, suburbia or are you part of the rural folk? Chances are, you live in the suburbs of a decently populated area and it’s highly likely, you’re in a neighborhood. Those that live “downtown” almost never experience it, while those that live out in the country, know it all too well. If you are right in the middle, like most, you might have it happen once or twice a year and in a bad year maybe a few more times – it’s the dreaded power outage.
I would personally be considered borderline rural, yet I can be downtown, in a city with a population of around 1 million people, within 15 minutes of leaving my place. Despite that, we do have our power go out fairly frequently – and man is it frustrating. It’s not like you can really prepare for it either (outside of the rarely used generator.) It’s one thing to go on a camping trip where you have plenty of time to make a conscious decision to abandon electronics and spend all your time “in real life,” but losing all power unexpectedly can be a real shock.
In the first moments, you just feel yourself sink. Not only does everything shut down, but there is an immediate, permeating silence. It’s so quiet. There is no air movement. It doesn’t even immediately resonate, but if you think about it, you just stepped back in time the equivalent of a hundred years or so!
Most, if not all your creature comforts just vaporized for whatever time it takes your provider to get everything back online. Sure, they give estimates of how long that will be, but they are rarely accurate. You’ve probably lost some or all these crucial needs: indoor plumbing, refrigeration, air conditioning, your flatscreen TVs and above all else, all our battery-based electronics are limited to whatever juice you happen to have on them.
In an increasingly digitized world, not only can we not handle being cut off, we can’t afford it – especially involuntarily! Since our company is a startup that relies on transmitting almost all our information online, this is critical for us. If we are to continue to gravitate to a digital world including things like crypto, NFTs and even multiple metaverses, losing power like this is a problem that needs to be solved asap.
What options do you have to solve this problem? Fortunately, on a small-scale effort, there are many. There is no shortage of charger packs, batteries, and even solar cells you can use, and as a last resort, you can always trust in the old standby, your car. All of these work and can sustain us in a pinch, but we need something on a mass scale. Our power grids here in the United States are extremely old. If we are to continue in our rapid growth in technology, we must be able to access the power to do so. This is very similar to how we at Cryptical Thinking view crypto. There are hundreds of different complexities in crypto, but it’s difficult to understand them if there is no foundational understanding of what crypto is and how it works. Much like an electrical grid that feeds all of our personal electronic needs, we need education in crypto to keep all of the other fantastic new uses for it viable.