Wozniak slams Cloud computing

Steve Wozniak says Cloud computing could cause 'horrible problems'

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said that he thinks consumers' growing dependency on cloud computing will lead to 'horrible problems'.

Speaking to an audience in Washingston this week, Wozniak 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.”

Wozniak, also highlight the issue of data ownership and uploading files to a third-party service. “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away," he said. “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."

Wozniak made the comments during an on-stage discussion with performer, Mike Daisey, after a staging of his show 'The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs' in Washington, which addresses labour conditions in Apple manufacturing plants in China.

Wozniak's concerns about Cloud computing echo a story this week, in which Wired tech journalist, Mat Honan, blamed Apple's tech support for allowing a hacker to breach his iCloud account through social engineering. The hacker then wiped Honan's iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air devices and took control of his Gmail and Twitter accounts.

Source: AFP