The unseen cloud
I watched “Interstellar” again last night. The movie bends minds like its characters bend time and space. The idea of love as a physical dimension is currently kneading my mind like pizza dough. I also paid more attention to the artificially intelligent robot, TARS this time. The robots degree of honesty and humor could be set by the human astronauts, and they chose honesty 90% and humor 60%. Why? When humor was set at 75%, TARS jokingly began reciting a self-destruct sequence, and when asked why the honesty parameter wasn’t 100%, he responded:
“Absolute honesty isn’t always the most diplomatic nor the safest form of communication with emotional beings.”
Interesting. Maybe I should tweak mine down.
Other than those made of swirling dust or ice, “the cloud” was nowhere to be found. That’s because “Interstellar” is set around 2067, and this week cloud computing took over the world. I trust “the cloud” was “there” in the film, but it was ubiquitous. Everywhere, but unseen.
Speaking of mind-bending, Kronos now has over 14,000 customers in the cloud running Workforce Central, Workforce Ready, and other SaaS offerings. The acceleration of customers to the cloud is for this “ubiquitous computing” reason. Customers in the cloud don’t have to think about the cloud, they just use the software to help get their jobs done and serve their customers.
In Forbes, Joe McKendrick quotes Don Rippert, IBM general manager of cloud strategy:
The cloud is to “magnify and amplify” the talents of employees.
I love that.