Author Archive

Up in the Clouds

September 24, 2009

“Cloud computing” is definitely a new term in my vocabulary.  The other day when I was explaining cloud computing to my friend she was a bit impressed.  She thought that it was one of those rarefied concepts that only IT professionals know.  Which is kind of true because I don’t know anyone outside my computer science class that knows the term.  And yet, every internet user engages in this new concept.  It is one of those blind things that humans tend to do without knowing what it is called because cloud computing is something that happens behind the scenes.  That is unless someone tries to do business or applications with this.  When someone begins using the cloud they notice some beneficial characteristics of the cloud like: scalability, reliability, sustainability, security, and, especially, the low cost.

In this article the pros and cons of cloud computing are noted.  In addition to the cons, I would like to ask: What would happen if one day the cloud disintegrated into thin air?  All of the files uploaded, all of the service provided to internet users would be erased.  This would be a technological apocalypse.



September 24, 2009

I can share Carrs pessimistic view on his topic, The Big Switch.  I do see how much more complication this advancement in technology is putting in our lives.  We will no longer resort to the simple way of receiving information through observing one another, through reading an article, through conversing with our neighbour.  We now have the opportunity in using so many resources.  In a way this is really good.  We can now become a more informed public.  Not only is it cheaper, but we can also shape our searches better to our likings.  Despite all of this however, complexity in the long run only adds stress.

I went online and found an article that talks about “technostress”.  I agreed on one statement that the writer said:

“Because technology lets us do so much, today we take on too much and end up feeling overwhelmed and never finished. We feel invaded by technology on all fronts, by the beeps of our pagers, cell phones, incoming faxes and those of others around us. We tote our laptops on vacation and our bosses expect us to carry sky pagers. Our personal and work boundaries are blurred and we never feel true “down time” any more.”

In Leonardo DaVinci’s words, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.  I feel like this and future generations are straying farther from simplicity and ease and nearer towards complexity and difficulty.  I feel like we are losing our values of self-sufficiency and gaining the negative effects of leisure and sloth.  I anticipate a loss within us and around us as well.  Working people will be affected with this sudden switch in society.  It is not hard to imagine a  program replacing the hands and mind of a human like when one sets their automatic sprinklers to water the lawn.  I just feel like it is getting even harder to connect to the simple way and beauty of life.
After reading this I know that it may seem ironic in my decision to enroll in this class and add to the kink of technology.  However, I am interesting with just running with it and doing something useful or beneficial (hopefully).