Steve Wozniak, the great co-founder of Apple, the man who made technologies from his head and never from books, the man who has danced with the stars, the man with even more gadgets in his backpack than me is the man who doubts the cloud.
Clearly, Steve Wozniak is no fool, as what he says about the cloud is what could well be what many people think, but are afraid to say: “I really worry about everything going to the cloud.”
Mr Woziak’s comments came after he attented the “penultimate” performance of the lazy and semi-fictional Mike Daisey’s monologue: The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and was first relayed to world via AFP, the Agence France Presse.
The article is worth reading for its excellent detail of Woz’s thoughts on a variety of matters, including Mr Daisey’s foxy dalliances with the truth, something which caused Mr Daisey to have to re-write sections of his play post the discovery that important parts didn’t quite happen the way Mr Daisey initially explained that they did.
Given the weekend scandal over former Gizmodo US employee Mat Honan being hacked through Apple tech support and social engineering, which saw Mr Honan’s iCloud account penetrated and his iPad, iPhone and MacBook Air “remotely wiped” in what was a rather vicious hack attack, Mr Wozniak’s comments are more timely that even he likely imagined.
Then Woz worried further about who owns what in the cloud, stating: "With the cloud, you don't own anything. You already signed it away" through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.”
Again, The Wizard of Woz is no fool when he states: “I want to feel that I own things”, adding that “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."
Please read the AFP’s article here for the rest of Woz’s insightful thoughts and commentary.