雲端.創世紀

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2013 / 2月

文‧朱立群 圖‧莊坤儒



「未來幾年,數位中樞將從每個人的電腦,移轉到雲端。」蘋果教父賈伯斯過世前3年,就已預見今日雲端生活的樣貌:

我們坐車時用手機App看報紙,用餐時間遵照App指引上館子,開會時用Evernote做筆記,下班前把未完的公事丟進dropbox,上咖啡館加班去……還有,三不五時滑上臉書按讚、社交聯繫。

根據谷歌公司(Google)的調查,去年第一季台灣每3人就有一人使用智慧手機,普及率比日本還高;台灣使用者平均每人安裝30個App,勝過美國的29個、英國的25個。

智慧手機在手,我們就像米開朗基羅《創世紀》壁畫裡的亞當,伸出一根指頭,幾乎就能觸摸上帝。人、機一體,已經重新定義人的特質:我們是智人(Homo sapiens),更是移動人(Homo mobilis),走到哪、上網到哪,拒絕再被數位基地綁死。

然而,「雲端生活」並不侷限於個人層次,它更是雲端計算的科技革命,利用巨量資料的超速存取、提領、連結、匯流,為群眾生活提供智慧服務。

於是,政府雲應運而生,醫療雲強調電子病歷交換機制,食品雲管控生產履歷追溯。在雲端之上,企業也看到了商機。

因此,你還在遲疑嗎?請到雲端世界來。

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The Cloud Comes of Age

Sam Ju /photos courtesy of Chuang Kung-ju /tr. by Scott Williams


Three years before he passed away, Apple’s Steve Jobs made a prescient forecast, predicting that over the next few years, people would shift away from using their personal computers as the “digital hub” of their lives, and embrace the cloud.

Nowadays, we read newspapers on the go with our smartphones, turn to apps for restaurant recommendations, use Evernote to take the minutes of our meetings, upload work-in-progress to Dropbox to revisit later in a café, and constantly check in on Facebook to “like” posts and socialize.

According to a Google survey, one in three Taiwanese owned a smartphone as of the first quarter of 2012, a penetration rate higher than that of Japan. Google also found that Tai­wan­ese smartphone users have an average of 30 apps installed on their phones, more than their counterparts in the US (29) and the UK (25).

Smartphone in hand, we’re like Adam in Michelangelo’s iconic Genesis, almost touching God with our extended index fingers. This joining of person and machine is redefining humanity, making us not just Homo sapiens, but also Homo mobilis. Having rejected the notion that our data needs to be linked to a fixed location, we’ve become connected wherever we go.

But the “cloud life” isn’t limited to individuals. There’s a technological revolution underway in the form of cloud computing, which offers a means of processing huge volumes of data very rapidly to provide the general public with intelligent services.

The government’s clouds are coalescing at an opportune moment. The medical cloud offers a mechanism for sharing electronic medical records, while the food cloud enables the tracking of food products through the production chain. Cloud technology also offers new business opportunities.

What are you waiting for? Launch yourself into the cloud!

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