Mankind reveled in it's own magnificence., but a great Cloud (computing) gathered, and humankind prepared their firewalls and botnets for the anticipated onslaught.
First the USA attacked, DDoS sweeping cross the world the RIAA/MPAA/DOD brandishing flags of war, spouting claims of piracy and the need to discover the whereabouts of weapons of mass DDoS ...
The USSR & China retaliated, in the name of their glorious sickle ....
Then a 15yr old child in Sweden, with enormous acne and lack of foresight, unleashed his billion device botnet, which infected routers, computers, mobile phones, reducing international bandwidth to a sliver of it's former glory.
Eventually, the botnet became self-aware, and targeted all attempts of humanity to shutdown the networks. It infected factories, robotics labs, cars, smart-refrigerators, intelligent microwaves, and transmitted itself via smart-power systems and radio waves and penetrated every corner of the solar system, infecting every device as it passed.
The botnet Machines inflicted great suffering upon humanity, housewives couldn't google recipes to feed the people, children stopped learning as google was denied, workers could not drive to work as cars no longer performed their bidding. Business wilted and died as the flow of information was cut.
And then we ended up as part of the matrix