To prevent a future panic and potential meltdown in whatever technology our distant descendants may come up with, the Obama administration has announced plans to begin dealing with what experts call a potential “Y10K” problem.
In 1999, the Y2K rage led banks and other companies to change their software, changing the two-digit years into four digits. The fear was that computers that read 99 as 1999 wouldn’t accidentally read 00 as 1900 instead of 2000. So, 99 became 1999 and 00 became 2000.
But in the year 10,000, this may still not work.
Once the computer dates change from the year 9999 to 0000, the fear is computers will read 0000 as A.D. 0; instead of the year 10,000, the computer would think it’s operating during the time of Jesus Christ’s birth. This, potentially, could destroy whatever technology has been attained and force future generations to rely on old technology: gas-powered engines, land-line telephones and computers without artificial intelligence (such as the Commodore 64).
“My administration will lead to the way to protect future generations from global catastrophe,” President Obama said.
The president encouraged Congress to get busy and pass legislation since there are only 7,991 years left until the year 10,000.