In the 1985 movie A View to a Kill, James Bond discovers--and then foils--a plot by
the main villain, Max Zorin
to destroy Silicon Valley, in a manner that makes it look like a natural disaster. The plot for doing so is a bit dubious, but that's not the point here.
What if Bond had failed? More specifically, if we assume the following:
- James Bond, the aforementioned villain, or indeed anyone in the Bond universe, need not actually exist.
- Let's say that an enormous earthquake destroys the Bay Area and a whole lot of people in it. Surrounding areas are not necessarily impacted so drastically--Los Angeles is probably intact, for instance. It doesn't matter how likely such an earthquake actually is, or how powerful it could be in reality. Let's just say it wipes the Valley off the map.
- The earthquake happens on May 22, 1985 (the day the movie came out in the US).
- The area will recover eventually, but a lot of people are still going to die very quickly.
Once Silicon Valley is destroyed,
technology will be set back, well, quite a bit not much else will happen besides lots of funerals and mourning, apparently. What would such a world--or at least, computer technology and its fruits--look like in 2016? To be more specific:
- Which influential technology companies and persons would have been destroyed?
- What technologies would never have come into existence?
- What would happen to the global (or at least American) economy?
- Given the above, what would 2016 technology look like?
Also, I'm a programmer, so use as much jargon, acronyms, and other domain-specific knowledge as you'd like.