Thursday, February 4, 2016

The cloud, autonomous vehicles and Winston Churchill

As I listen to people argue that we should avoid putting data and IT infrastructure in the cloud because of security concerns or that autonomous vehicles are a bad idea because there will be situations in which they fail, I am reminded of the Winston Churchill quote: "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."

When evaluating whether to put data and IT infrastructure in the cloud shouldn't we be thinking about how that arrangement compares to the alternatives as opposed to whether the cloud is somehow ideal?  Who is better at securing data, Amazon, Google, Microsoft etc. on the one hand, or the technology staff at Company X, where Company X is not in the business of providing secure IT solutions on the other? While one can argue that Company X may be less of a target, it's not clear to me that that's a consistent winning argument either.

Similarly, when it comes to whether autonomous vehicles are a good idea, I think about all of the distracted or really bad drivers I see on the road every day, and the sleep or substance impaired drivers that are out there too.  Who would you rather see behind the wheel?

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