TEDxJuanDeFuca – Carl Schmidt – Cloud Computing



you know I chose a six minute time slot because it's cloud computing and honestly you can't make jokes about this stuff and so I decided I'd really go easy on you guys and keep it short okay so I don't have I'm not out there helping to make the world a better place I don't have groundbreaking original research to share with you I'm a software developer and I work some pretty cool tools and I wanted to tell you about those tools because I think it's really going to change how we use and share knowledge and I'm hoping that you know the more people hear about this stuff the more kind of opportunity we have for innovation and that's what we're talking about here today so let me tell you about cloud computing cloud computing is actually a really simple idea all we're doing is we're taking computing capabilities that we use to consume as products and we're turning those capabilities into services that are now available instantly and on demand and when we click when we talk about those services we divide them into three layers there's this infrastructure layer we call it the platform layer and the software layer the infrastructure layer you can think of as servers you know those machines the power things like Facebook and Twitter that I'm sure none of you are using right now now before cloud computing if I wanted to build something like that I'd have to go out and buy a bunch of computers and servers and with cloud computing I can basically borrow them so when I want to borrow a server I just write a little bit of code or go use a nice web interface and I send a message to the the cloud that says hey I'd like a server and in some far-off data center somewhere a server gets allocated for me when I'm done back it goes now this is useful because this is how a lot of software gets used right I mean a few of you will be you know Monday Tuesday whatever using it and then all of a sudden for some inexplicable reason hundreds of you will come along and you know use my software and when a whole bunch of you are using software that I build I need a whole ton of servers right so I said this was a simple idea well with cloud computing rather than buying a whole stack of servers and having them sit idly around most of the time and then shrinking it down well and then having you know all these go to waste I just borrow a whole bunch when a whole bunch of you want to use the software and then I just put them back when I'm done platforms make this whole thing kind of even easier so for we software developers who love to geek out about this stuff it kind of just makes these servers kind of float in the cloud automatically and so all that kind of back-and-forth and stuff is done for us and we get all of this software that we build these things on like databases and web servers and all that stuff that you guys really don't care about we kind of get that done for us so the end result of those first two layers is that a lot of these things that used to take days and weeks and cost a whole lot of money now take honestly minutes and cost a whole lot less so you know if you're an entrepreneur or dreamer sometimes the same thing you're trying to build the next Foursquare or group on this whole couple of layers just completely reduces a lot of risk now all of this infrastructure e-platform cloudy services stuff isn't really important except that it lets us build what you care about which is software as a service this is probably what you're more familiar with right rather than going out and buying some software and installing it on your desktop computer you just fire up a web browser and you pointed at a website and all of a sudden you're creating documents you're making spreadsheets doing to-do lists you're making cool presentations maybe you're doing your taxes right remember the list goes on and on and because this software that we're building now in the in the cloud is not just tethered into your machine we can make anybody in the world a collaborator with you right so in my company we build cloud software we use cloud software and you kind of see that Wow all these knowledge tools are just becoming faster and cheaper right and now I know you know you guys are all jaded you've seen this all before nothing new here move right along I mean when is making things faster and cheaper really ever transformed anything right well making things faster and cheaper is really what innovation is all about it's it's kind of at its core and so let's just turn things around for a minute and put it all in perspective when we first started using and sharing knowledge all we had available was stories and pictures and you know if you wanted to find a particular piece of knowledge it was probably going to involve long quest up a tall mountain visit an old man not entirely convenient right as our breadth of knowledge increased and we learned to write on stone and clay and parchment and vellum you know Gutenberg fires up his printing press and we'll eye information everywhere in the forms of you know newspapers and books and magazines and that now things are a little more convenient and your quest for knowledge may be a worse would involve a dusty old library or something like that we even if that wasn't good enough for you we wired up the whole planet and we let you pull little bits of knowledge instantly into that glowing portal on your desktop or in your pocket but cloud computing takes it a step further when you think about it why just write our knowledge down whether it's a book or blog that knowledge is still trapped until you can put it to use well now with cloud computing for many types of knowledge we can take that we can bundle it up and we can make it instantly available a nice little software service package right so you've seen some of this at work already I mean maps that used to be nothing more than a picture you just point to any two locations on it and it gives us directions so think about what we might do with this right whether it's something simple and pleasurable like simulator for that K always dreamed about building but you couldn't grasp that the physics or the material science or the the aerodynamics maybe something more profound like medical systems that correlate all of our symptoms and come up with new discoveries or I don't know systems that turn us into backyard astronomers or kitchen geneticists what we have is a canvas for using and sharing knowledge that was previously unavailable and that I think is the transformative promise of cloud computing thank you

2 Comments

  1. Nada Karam said:

    CLOUD IS OWNED BY CHINA THE WHOLE Program belongs and stored in China. so don't tell me that our information is safe. especially for Government…

    June 25, 2019
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  2. Dysonology said:

    Nicely put. 

    June 25, 2019
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