Apple Co-Founder Wozniak Believes Cloud Computing is a Brewing Storm

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steve wozniak cloud dangerSteve 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, 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?

Sources Include: ZDNet, AFP, & VentureBeat
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  • Kevin Fream

    Woz is a legend, but in this case I believe he is dead wrong especially with offerings like Microsoft Office 365. If Microsoft were for some reason to crash world-wide for days, you still have your full mailbox in Outlook and on your smartphone to connect to any other service or on-premise server. If you’re also prudent enough to do a scheduled download of your SharePoint site, then you have all of your data too. The benefit is that you escape the security, updates, upgrades, backup, and business continuity of all the back-end services and applications.

    Now if we’re talking about iCloud with Apple, Woz knows best. With a publicly publisehd last 4 digits of a credit card at Amazon or similar service and an e-mail address, you can ask Apple Support to reset your .Me account and then turn around and wipe someone’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac notebook. Apple’s clueless view on security could definitely be the downfall of iCloud.

  • Dee

    Kevin, virtually no one backs up their data. Ask 10 random people you know that aren’t in IT. They will all rely on ‘the cloud’ for that. However, the vast majority of stuff in the cloud will probably be people’s pictures of their cat, and assorted crap like that….just like facebook.

  • tony tidswell

    Can anyone show a link to the whole discussion or Steves’ comments? Security is one thing and control very different – what is “control” in this sense ? Unless you own your own server or data center , generators and employ a team of specialists, you have no control over anything digital if it is shared anywhere.

    Is not the cloud something most of us are already using, ever since 1982 ? Gmail, Amazon, Facebook etc – all private “cloud” suppliers – perhaps a “national grid” of cloud servers could be different, but we don’t seem too worried about this for utility services, roads, rail electricity etc.

    I don’t see the problem.