Y2K Millenium Bug Was A Thing
As the year 2000 approached, people worried about computer glitches, nightmare scenarios, and computers that wouldn’t understand what year it was. Computer timestamps were once coded with a two-digit year instead of a four-digit year. People worried this would make the computers go back in time to the year 1900, as opposed to the year 2000. People developed what-if horror stories and thought the world would collapse. They referred to it as the Millenium Bug. This did not happen. But before the day and age of Wi-Fi, people believed mass communication would shut down the world. Australia invested millions of dollars to prepare for the Millenium Bug, whereas Russia invested none. Nothing happened, but before the age of Wi-Fi, people had no idea what to expect when the year changed (National Geographic).