My thanks to my colleagues Dennis Gannon and Rich Wolski for stimulating conversations and great observations on this topic. Any errors or just plain stupidity are, of course, my own.
A computing revolution is underway -- in broad daylight – yet most are unaware. Perhaps because there are only a few hushed and furtive conversations and no Paine-like polemics, we do not feel the winds of change. They howl and rage nevertheless, stirred by three intertwined, powerful technical forces that are reshaping entertainment, discourse, commerce and culture: big data centers, cloud computing and the mobile Memex.