Okay so let me get this straight..
While one hand is desperately trying to get a grip on the consequences of Too Big To Fail Financial Institutions the other hand is busy pushing ahead with the wonderful, “efficient” (man people do LOVE that word) technology of Cloud Computing which essentially derives it’s power from the economies of scale made possible by storing information in a handful of ginormous data centres instead of proprietary hardrives and servers. The Data Industrial Complex (pretty much anything to do with computing which these days touches on EVERYTHING) is trying hard to convince us that very soon we will only need a mobile phone or access to a “dumb” terminal to deal with all our computing needs.
Granted most of us already have a good chunk of our lives up there in the sky(net) but we still keep copies on our computers at home. Will laptops and desktops completely be replaced by tablets and mobile phones? I don’t see why not. If they don’t disappear completely, clunky 20th Century computing hardware might just find a niche use for itself, very much like turntables post CDs and ipods.
So get ready for a future where you generally don’t keep your data at home, but in a matrix of stupendously huge data warehouses “promised” to be kept safe from loss and malfeasant manipulation. FAT CHANCE. It would be nice to think that humans had, or could evolve to have, the moral fortitude to operate such a monstrous computational hydra but I’m not convinced.
“The competition between Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other large content players has long since moved beyond just who has the better videos or search. The competition for Internet dominance is now as much about infrastructure – raw data center computing power and about how efficiently (i.e. quickly and cheaply) you can deliver content to the consumer.” — see How Big is Google?
To grow, the Data Industrial Complex has nowhere to go but towards more complex systems that involve fewer companies dealing with larger and larger chunks of what goes on inside the working parts of the Net, or as I like to call it, Zoltar.
It is only a matter of time before we’ll be at the mercy of these large Computing Clouds that are Too Big To Burst. The Rats of Moral Hazard are busy swimming from the sinking merchant ships of Wall Street to the freshly minted cargo supertankers of the Data Industrial Complex. Just you wait and see….
All Hail Zoltar!