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Discussion on: A future without time zones

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Chad Windham

Well... I'm fine with change and I guess it makes sense. (As a developer no time zones is great of course). But the reality is you're just shifting one abstraction for another. As in, time zones help the world share a standard schedule already. Breakfast time, dinner time for example are relatively the same everywhere. So while there is some maths in figuring out hours lost or gained flying to another locale, it's nice to know those numbers on the clock kinda mean the same thing for everyone. Why does it have to be one or the other? Why not universal time for business and computer logic and local time for local, real world humans living life. (oh wait... it's already like that.)

P.S.- I can easily imagine a world that adopted the change you believe in. And after 100+ years, a country or nation re-implements local time zones and somebody writes a passionate article explaining why local time zones should be brought back as a standard for the rest of the world...

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Isaac Lyman Author

What it would do, in my mind, is trade two questions for one.

With time zones:

  1. It's 3:00 for me. What time is it for you?
  2. Okay, it's 5:00 for you. What times are you available?

Without time zones:

  1. It's 3:00 for me and for you. What times are you available?

As far as reimplementing time zones, I doubt that would happen. In a globally connected world it doesn't make sense to have people on 37 different schedules. That system evolved in a world where people were mostly isolated based on geographical location; communication and travel took multiple days. Now, you can fly across three time zones in as many hours, and communicate with an opposing time zone instantaneously. Without the precedent of time zones I don't believe they would occur to anyone.

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Chad Windham

What it would do, in my mind, is trade two questions for one.
With time zones:

It's 3:00 for me. What time is it for you?
Okay, it's 5:00 for you. What times are you available?

Without time zones:

It's 3:00 for me and for you. What times are you available?

Yes, your article already stated that.

My main point

Why does it have to be one or the other? Why not universal time for business and computer logic and local time for local, real world humans living life. (oh wait... it's already like that.)

I just don't feel like it has to be one OR the other.