posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 07:54 PM
reply to post by PhoenixOD
I remember hearing or reading about a bigtime executive in the computer industry saying that it was no secret that they wanted to move software onto
"farms" and away from PC's.
One thing it'll do is potentially reduce the amount of piracy. But the biggest thing it does is it removes the headache of maintaining your own PC and
Still I think that localizing processing and storage is going to stick around. Fact is, I don't see communication speeds going up enough for there to
be a big move away from it.
BUT if people like the convenience of cloud computing then they might accept some of its hangups as "just" sacrifice for its awesome ease of use. Look
at how popular portable devices and tablets are. People don't require supercomputers. Most people it seems are content with small amounts of computing
power. The future seems to be more about convenience than raw power. I guess most people aren't playing Crysis-type games. We didn't need them in
school, did we? However, the need for power is very important in some things, especially math-intensive processes.
The only portables I've owned were some calculators. The TI-85 and a Sharp EL 9900. I've sometimes wished to have something like a e-reader to read
books or maybe a notebook-sized computer. But I don't move around a lot so I don't find myself needing those things. And there're still a lot of books
laying around so I can always find something to read. However, in another 50-100 years, I don't think there'll be a lot of paper books laying around.
Maybe in museums. Kind of a sobering thought.
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