BoSacks: No B.S.: The Continuance of Computer Ubiquity
Let's also add the rapidly developing stages of cloud computing to this line of logic, where all data will be stored on huge server farms in isolated areas around the globe. This obvious next step will bring the power of unlimited computation to everyone and all our electronic things. Imagine the vast power of the IBM Watson computer at everyone's beck and call 24/7. This universal, super-cloud-based, data-driven community powered by Watson-like machines will be connected to the 50 billion gadgets and computers we will have in unimagined and intricate ways—the power to think, reason and answer almost any question in less than a nanosecond by anyone and everything. Yes, it also does sound a bit like the world that the "Terminator" movies portrayed. The "Terminator" Skynet scenario is nothing more or less than a cloud-computing infrastructure with a very bad attitude.
But put aside the dark side of what might happen and think about the positive effects this might have on society. What I am describing is just the beginning of the next wave of ubiquitous computerized power to the masses.
To us in the publishing/media world, the possibilities are awesome and endless. We could and should be at the center of the digitized reading experience.
I believe all this informational power will lead to an energized and profitable age for all of us in the information-distribution business. PE
Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group (BoSacks.com). He also is co-founder of research company mediaIDEAS (MediaIdeas.net), and publisher and editor of a daily, international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web.