Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, recently told an audience that he believes our dependence on the cloud is going to result in “horrible problems” in the near future. Since he currently works as the “chief scientist” for Fusion.io, which according to the company website is working to improve the cloud’s performance, his criticism of cloud computing took many by surprise.
Wozniak, who was answering questions following a performance of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, said, “I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years. With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away.” He continued, “I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”
Consumers and businesses have rapidly expanded cloud use in recent years to access applications, data, and services. The majority of businesses are now dependent on the cloud and many could experience irreparable damage if Wozniak’s prediction is correct. Do you believe Wozniak is correct and the cloud will cause “horrible problems” in the near future? If so, how can this be prevented?