Cloud Computing = Careless Computing

Richard Stallman dubbed cloud computing “careless computing” because of what happens to your data when you let just anyone handle it, somewhere in the cloud, without caring about what happens to it or who as access to it.

As usual with Stallman, I think he has a point, and no matter what you think of him as a person, his predictions of the socio-technical problems we’ll be facing ten years down the line were usually correct. He predicted the evils of DRM, for example, and we’ve only barely dodged that bullet (we’re still mid-dodge!)

I think the cloud is one part technology and one part hype at the moment, but we’ll surely get some nice and useful technologies out of it when the hype dies down.

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