On February 22, 2014, a massive failure of Whatsapp affects almost 500 million users worldwide. Most people blamed Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta (Facebook’s parent company), which had purchased Whatsapp.
In the end, no one can prove Zuckerberg was to blame for the millions of messages either unsent or with glitches in their content. Salomón Benitsky, a German man who lives in Garching, is just one of the millions of users affected by this global failure. He types several messages quickly, but they are not
sent. When he tries one last time, ‘someone’ communicates with him using misspelled words that combine numbers, letters, and symbols.
At first, Salomón thinks it’s a prank but ‘it’ knows a lot about Salomón and his
family: ‘It’ knows that Rebecca, Salomón’s sister, is studying in Paris and that his ex-wife Agna just talked to him on the phone. This virtual intruder claims to come from the year 3154 AD, a time in which all languages have fused into a common tongue with no spelling rules.
Salomón and 244 other people will be summoned to investigate this phenomenon that is affecting communication and that might have terrible consequences in both the immediate and distant future.