Hello people, I’m Andrew. I’m an old school coder, 10 years out of being paid for my endeavours. I last worked for a devil (a credit referencing agency), taking my coin but morally opposed to what my work was used for. Judas by another name perhaps, but I’m sure many of us have been there.
I like distributed processing & networks and see them as the future. I’m excited about where it could lead. I’m not opposed to centralised storage etc per se (though there are clearly security and safety implications), it’s more the purposes that the stored data is put to; data mining etc. It’s the erosion of privacy for corporate (and government for that matter) ends.
I was excited at the birth of the internet (I still love the sound of modems handshaking, and find a retro charm to acoustic couplers!) Whilst we have seen quite astounding progress since, I do feel we’ve lost the real power of the internet (in the popular domain at least) and it has become a tool for business to advertise, market themselves and sell their product. Again, I’m not opposed to that as A function but not a predominant one. And I am very concerned about ‘snooping charters’ etc, and personal privacy on the internet.
I realise I am perhaps sounding like a grumpy old man, and whilst I partly am, the bigger part is just a sadness for what could have been. Hopefully, such initiatives as this can re-steer us.