Woz: I Hate the Cloud

By Jon Partridge on at

Apple co-founder and super tech-nerd Steve Wozniak is not a big fan of storing data online. In fact, he pretty much hates the idea of cloud storage, calling the idea "horrendous". Hmm.

Speaking after Mike Daisey's one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Woz spoke about the cloud and it's potential implications. "I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

His main issue seems to be that when you sign up to the cloud, you also hand over your ownership rights to someone else, meaning you basically don't own anything. "You already signed it away," Woz states.

Wozniak's fears may be realised sooner, rather than later, as former Gizmodo US contributor Mat Honan can attest, with the Gizmodo Twitter feed also compromised, cloud storage could potentially lead to even more trouble. What if there was even more sensitive information being stored? Where exactly is it all being stored? Do we really have a lot of control over what's stored online?

Who knows. Cloud storage solves a lot of problems, but it also raises a lot of questions too. If the other Steve is not a fan, many will probably follow suit, and in the interest of security, some might be wiser to listen to the words of the Woz. [Cnet]