The Power of the Cloud

Googles new laptop: the Chrome Book, or something like that, doesn’t have any internal storage. And it can only work when connected to the Internet. So, basically, it is a purely cloud based machine.

The cloud is gaining power. Cloud computing, of the like that powers CERNs Large Hadron Collider – where the power of millions of computers are used as opposed to machines in just one facility- provide the potential for vast processing of information. Organised efficiently.

Ambient monitors can track and inform the cloud of where we go, what we do, who we’re with, how we got on, benchmark our progress and learn how to best inform us. All in the cloud.

The cloud is getting more powerful, it has a bigger memory, it has nodes that tap it for life and it knows exactly what is going on at all times.

So the question for Google- the main organiser of information- Will be whether it can harness the beast? Or will the concept of singularity (where artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence) become a reality? Or is it already like that without us knowing?

I already think that if aliens floated round in the earths orbit and looked at us, they would think that we are a species that carried round little electronic devices. That’s how they would describe us. And the cloud is powering the devices. Who is really in control?


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