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The Cloud and a Comedian

Bob Monkhouse didn’t have access to cloud storage!

Bob was a British comedian, writer and actor who graced stage, screen and radio from the 1950s, right through to his passing in 2003.

In 1995, his books of meticulously collected and curated jokes went missing. Imagine that? A whole life’s work gone in an instant. Fortunately, they were rediscovered and returned the following year.

In our age of cloud storage, where our information is, ideally, stored in three places, our life’s work is much more secure.

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider is widely credited with coming up with the concept of cloud computing. In the early 1960s. He envisioned a future in which everyone would be able to access information and programs from any location, using any device.

While Licklider’s original plans for cloud computing may have been ambitious, it’s safe to say that his invention has exceeded even his wildest expectations. Today, cloud storage is an integral part of our daily lives, allowing us to store and access data from anywhere in the world. From streaming movies and music to collaborating on documents and presentations, cloud computing has revolutionised the way we work and play.

The Cloud, along with computers, email and the telephone have given us way more autonomy and flexibility in how we operate. I’m eternally grateful to these pioneers.

Both Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email and Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone had a vision that their innovations would make the world a smaller place.

Similarly, Charles Babbage, widely regarded as the “father of the computer,” had some ambitious plans for his invention, back in the 19th Century. Babbage envisioned a machine that could perform complex calculations and process large amounts of data, far beyond the capabilities of human beings.

Thank you to all the inventors, promoters and marketers of these innovations. You have successfully overcome the boundaries set by Thomas Watson, Founder and President of IBM, who in 1943 famously was quoted as saying: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Imagine that too!

And thank you for reading.

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