Let's say for the sake of argument that it'd be possible to roll back advances in computer technology to a certain year from the past and freeze it there. What essential functions in our society actually depend on computer technology developed since, say, 1996, or 1986, or 1976? What wouldn't be possible anymore? Is there anything useful that couldn't still be transported, calculated, communicated, manufactured, purchased, etc.? Perhaps a few humane scientific discoveries would become impossible -- okay, if so, then stipulate that the top scientists in their field get access to a smattering of communal computers a la telescopes. Anything else?
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