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The day the Cloud fell... or it did not?

Submitted by Gianfranco Cecconi
on Wed, 11/06/2019 - 16:56

Google claims to have achieved quantum supremacy and - if you like to speculate a little - in a few years from now all of encryption and cryptography as we know it will be annihilated. I tell the story at https://eudatasharing.eu/news/day-cloud-fell with a bit of a sci-fi twist. Or not? 

It is my personal opinion that we often over-rely on technology to solve problems that are rather to be investigated from a more human perspective: the models by which we share data, the incentives we have to do it right, the incentives we have to break it and cheat, the value of trust and the empty space left by when trust is missing.

What's your take? Have I exaggerated with my little story? Where should we strike the balance between, on one side, investing in technology and its utopia of a trust-less world where we won't even need regulations and courts of law any more (the "code is law" utopia of blockchain fans), and on the other the more human aspects of trust and relationships in the parties that share?

Let me know, I am curious.

G.