1997 Steve Jobs Had Working Cloud Built 22 Years Before iCloud, Describes Chromebooks

Don’t you dare say cloud computing is the future. It’s just now coming into the mainstream, but Steve Jobs has had a cloud computing system since 1989 when he worked at NEXT. WATCH!

In the video below, Steve Jobs talks first about his cloud computing system he’d built which automatically backed everything up to the servers around the world that we now know as the cloud, and loaded those files onto his computers at Pixar, Apple, home (iHome?), and NEXT. He talks about never losing a file, always having a backup, and having synchronized autosaved copies. In 2011, 14 years later, Apple would unveil iCloud, a system that did just what he’d already built more than two decades earlier. Cloud computing is not new. It’s over 24 years old. It’s just so resource-intensive that it wasn’t economically viable on a widespread scale until 2010 or so.

And how about Google’s chromebooks? Steve Jobs discusses in the future storing all data “in the cloud”, and eliminating the hard disk, and all moving parts from the PC. That’s exactly what Google’s chromebooks do, and how they’re designed. This isn’t the first time he predicted the future to a tee.

Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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