Saturday, June 03, 2006

Threat to Humanity

I spoke recently at the Austin Linux User Group about NewI\O. They were very impressed with the concept and the speed of the apps demonstrated. However, one person said that while he was impressed with the technology, he thought that there was a real danger in it, and in fact that it was bad for humanity. I thought it was a real compliment that none of the other members present thought the remark hyperbole.

The danger he saw was that if a good system existed for running applications on the server, that governments and large corporations would keep the applications and data on the server, thus denying power to the masses.

I believe that this is a valid concern, but I believe any application that denies the users ability to download the data will be at a competitive disadvantage to another app that does allow the user to have the data.

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