The Cloudization of I.T. Has gone a long way in the last 10 years.
Spotify, YouTube, Steam, Netflix, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Nvidia Shield, Onlive, Dropbox, Facebook…
We’ve seen cloud storage (Dropbox, iDrive, OneDrive, Google Drive). Nvidia SHIELD tablet can stream video games from the cloud, Microsoft Azure and AWS are hosting servers for businesses.
A few companies explored the concept of Computer-as-a-Service including Nvidia and OnLive Desktop. Onlive was bought out by Sony before their project reached the market, but now a new CaaS project came to Kickstarter called Mise En Abyme Cloud Computers by Apostlemod.
If succeeded CaaS virtual PCs will be the next building block of web 3.0, it’s going to solve shortage of modern computers in Third World Countries and it will be the next Facebook. Imagine a web site where users all over the world will connect to their personal virtual cloud computers as if they log in to their social network or email except that this time people will remotely access their cloud computers from Chromebooks, Raspberry Pis, minimal hardware zero-clients, and they will log in to this service to play a PC game they’ve installed and modded and saved. They will log in to this cloud to watch a movie they have on Blu-Ray/DVD. They will log in to work with their files using PRO software like Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas, FL studio, Dreamweaver. They will log on to access the Web from a proxy in a free country where government doesn’t ban certain websites, and all that from the GUI of Windows OS.
Will people trust these services enough to store family photos, tax statements and search history on cloud PCs? After the Snowden, NSA and the Illuminati people started to distrust anything they don’t have right in their hands. But at the same time we put all personal photos in nice Facebook albums; post statuses and tweets that Zuckerberg or the Police have access to; use online Bank statements instead of paper.
In other words, the cloud is secure, it’s not the cloud that people don’t trust. It’s the people don’t trust themselves. You have to be very careful what you post on Facebook about other people and your search history stays in Google’s servers FOREVER! It’s not that new website we are afraid is phishing or malware-rigged. It’s the media and corporations that intimidate us by this information but don’t teach us how to protect yourself or what we can trust. Unless you are completely offline you are not invulnerable. But is it really worth it?
Let me have ol’ Morpheus summarize: