The cloud has quickly become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. Consumers transfer billions of files each day, taking for granted this amazing technology. Over just a few years, the cloud went from virtually unknown to a crucial part of daily internet usage. What does the future hold? Here are three trends shaping the future of the cloud.
Rise of the Machines
Computer programming has existed for decades now. Even now, the coding process is uninviting to most consumers. The arcane process is as frustrating as learning a new language, but it’s much less forgiving. Programming errors are easy to make but difficult to debug. Potential entrants to the programming field oftentimes grow discouraged quickly and decide to do something else for a living.
What’s the best solution to this problem? Self-generating code is a concept that will soon become a reality. Professionals in the field of machine learning are creating intricate algorithms to achieve this dream. Their goal is to train computers to learn how to program. The underlying philosophy is that a computer is less likely to make mistakes than a human coder.
When this system comes to fruition, it will impact all major societal functions. From healthcare to media streaming to education, machines will identify weaknesses in the current infrastructure of their own systems. Then, they’ll craft programs that enhance such systems.
In the wake of NSA agent Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing of official government documents, the United States openly feuded with major corporations such as Facebook and Google. Trust in the internet collapsed, and hackers began to target the NSA as a countermeasure. American citizens didn’t know what to think about the odd turn in the debate about privacy versus national security.
These issues were avoidable had the government demonstrated transparency. To its credit, the federal government is learning from past mistakes. They’re embracing open cloud services. These open source systems allow anyone to interact with the data, adding a level of transparency and collaboration that the government has lacked. Through open clouds, the government will provide its citizens with the ability to see where tax money goes, how employees spend their time, and which services could use improvement. Open clouds will remove the veil of secrecy from government.
Every new technology enjoys the same release model. It’s most expensive at the start. The beginning is also the time when it has the fewest features. Gradually, improvements in infrastructure give companies the ability to sell the same product for much cheaper. Better yet, it’ll include many more bells and whistles that enhance the user experience. As an example, a gigabyte of storage cost $105,000 in 1985 but only $11 in 2000. By 2016, it cost two pennies.
Cloud computing will scale at the same rate. Major conglomerates such as Oracle are confident that they’ll dominate the industry thanks to this behaviour. Within a few years, users will own hundreds of terabytes of data in the cloud for only a few dollars. Meanwhile, corporations like Oracle will deliver suites of enterprise software that accentuate this wealth of accessible data.
The future of the cloud is becoming a reality now. Forward-thinking companies are planning a better tomorrow using the three ideas listed here.