Echoes of a Future Confession

This article presents an eerily familiar concept...

A new Pew Internet survey of 900 Internet experts leads with a headline finding that will surprise few: the experts largely agree that, by 2020, we'll all be computing in the cloud. But an even more interesting notion is buried in one corner of the report, and it's an idea that came up in two of the three cloud interviews I did in the wake of Wired/Ars Smart Salon. This notion is that, at some point, there will be a massive data breach—a kind of cloud version of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but pouring critical data out into the open instead of oil—and that this breach will cause everyone from private industry to government regulators rethink what cloud computing can and cannot do.

"We'll have a huge blow up with terrorism in the cloud and the PC will regain its full glory," said R. Ray Wang, a partner in The Altimeter Group and a blogger on enterprise strategy. "People will lose confidence as cyber attacks cripple major systems. In fact, the cloud will be there but we'll be stuck in hybrid mode for the next 40 years as people live with some level of fear."

O'rly? Iiiiinteresting...