“Theme 2: Store 100% of User Data
With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc).”
These otherwise innocuous or near-chimerical words appeared in a Google slide presentation originally spotted by Greg Linden [now deleted and revised PDF available] and made waves in the online world. Google has, in the past, removed any conceivable obstacle for limits of storage and made ubiquitous computing (UbiComp) a distinct possibility. GDrive, although not officially announced has been acknowledged by the head honchos at Google and will seek to offer options to store all your information online i.e. their servers, freeing up the clutter on your personal computers. Currently they face bandwidth and storage constraints for implementing this humungous task. But given the overall intellectual capability at Google’s disposal, I don’t think the problems will last any longer. Users could already access similar kinds of technology by hacking Gmail and developing apps like GMail drive. But this makes everything official.
But obviously, this proposal raises the heckles of privacy-concerned individuals and organization. Do we really want to trust our information with Google? Aren’t we putting all eggs in one basket? No matter how good intentioned Google sounds, the possibilities for abuse are endless. But then so were the fears when GMail was launched. Is the day when your data is universally accessible near?