Apple co-founder Woz appears onstage with liar Mike Daisey, predicts ‘horrible trouble’ for cloud computing

“Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted ‘horrible problems’ in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.
Wozniak, 61, was the star turn at the penultimate performance in Washington of ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ monologist Mike Daisey’s controversial two-hour expose of Apple’s labor conditions in China,” Robert MacPherson reports for AFP. “In a post-performance dialogue with Daisey and audience members, Wozniak held forth on topics as varied as public education (he once did a stint as a school teacher) and reality TV (having appeared on Dancing with the Stars).”

“‘I really worry about everything going to the cloud,’ he said. ‘I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years,'” MacPherson reports. “He added: ‘With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away’ through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to. ‘I want to feel that I own things,’ Wozniak said. ‘A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.'”

MacPherson reports, “Prior to Saturday at the Woolly Mammoth theater in Washington, Daisey and Wozniak had met once before, in California after a performance of ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ in its original version in February 2011. Wozniak was moved to tears, but a year later Daisey came under fire when it emerged that sections of his one-man show dealing with the Foxconn plant in China where iPhones and iPads are assembled had been fabricated. Public radio show ‘This American Life,’ which had broadcast portions of ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy,’ went so far as to issue a retraction. Daisey meanwhile reworked his script, albeit without toning down his powerful delivery.”

Mike Daisey (Photo: Greg Sandoval/CNET)
Mike Daisey (Photo: Greg Sandoval/CNET)

 

“Many in the audience echoed Daisey’s concern about Foxconn’s work force, but Wozniak said he expected labor conditions in China to evolve as the nation grows richer. He also commended Apple for its oversight of its factories,” MacPherson reports. “‘We know we (citizens and consumers) have a voice. We can speak (about labor conditions), but we can’t act like, oh, Foxconn is bad or Apple is bad,’ he said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Appearing onstage with a proven liar while undercutting iCloud, Apple’s strategy for the next decade or more: All-around excellent decision-making there, Woz!

The only positives here for Woz: Yes, we must be very careful with cloud computing. Agreed. And, yes, Woz, you do look somewhat slimmer onstage next to that big fat liar! (Stay away from that thing’s mouth, lest you disappear in one gulp.)

One More Thing: According to Wikipedia, Apple is still issuing Woz token paychecks that amount to roughly $120,000 per year. Why? So he can jet around to do things like give the Apple co-founder’s stamp of approval to a glutton who spreads lies about the company under the banner of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” of all things? Or is it to cast doubts on a central Apple product for which billion-dollar data centers have been and continue to be constructed? Or is it so he can be photographed with and interviewed about his various iPhone knockoffs, all of which infringe with abandon on Apple’s patented IP?

Makes a lot of sense, Tim.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Trevor7578” and “Citymark” for the heads up.]

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63 Comments

    1. But I think he’s absolutely correct about the cloud. Just because it’s new or just because Apple is pushing it does not mean that it is good for us. Woz is in a world of his own sometimes but that has nothing to do with his observation and opinion on cloud computing.

        1. And remembering Woz’ past life as a hacker, I can only speculate on who the person who sweet talked an Apple help rep into doing such a thing.

          “Hi, this is Woz.” “Yes, the Woz. I have a friend who has forgotten his account’s password. I’ll send you an autographed photo of me if you’ll change his password…”

        2. I would overlook this hack if they hacker used brute force. But they revealed a much more serious threat IMO.

          My whole computing ‘file system’ can be accessed by Apple employees. Or deleted.

          It confirms in the worst way possible what Woz was saying about ‘the cloud’ and more specifically iCloud.

          As much as I love Apple I don’t trust them with this level of access. I am thankful this has come to light as I think that Apple will make it right. Under Steve I felt safer as he seemed determined to protect users (maybe Wozs influence?) at all costs.

          1. I don’t use iCloud because I have about zero trust in it, and this was before the problems that Mat Honan had popped up.

            With the information about how it happened coming to light, I’d say my confidence has entered the below minus category.

            Also, this afternoon the App Store stopped accepting the password for my Apple ID in the middle of doing updates in the App Store. Although I was doing the updates on just one Mac, when I tried to update an app on my MacBook it would take my password on that either. Needless to say, these events together have not engendered my confidence in Apple.

            And where is MDN on all this? Why no report or links to any article about it? I thought this was a news site.

    1. Woz was speaking of “cloud” computing in the general sense, not specifically about “iCloud”.

      Also, anyone that knows Apple history is aware that Woz has been ambivalent about Apple since its founding.

      The problem for Apple now is that it cannot change its relationship with Woz without huge PR damage.

      1. yes about the cloud, but it relates directly to iCloud.

        Despite the fact he appeared on this stage and whatever supposed PR hit they will take (I think this would be minuscule – only the early Apple people and tech heads relate him to Apple and they mostly know where he is at now so wouldn’t care in fact most wonder why the umbilical hasn’t been cut)…the point he raises is valid.

    2. No Woz = No Apple. That equation should never be overlooked. I don’t know where we would today be without the Woz of the 1970s and early 1980s.

      Woz has been a free spirit and a loose cannon for years. Much of what he has said over the years is reasonable, although he does occasionally take off in some strange directions. However, I don’t think that his comments have ever been that damaging to Apple as a whole. Most people treat Woz like a somewhat interesting uncle. Personally, I would love to sit down and have a beer or two with him.

      1. Maybe so, but he was never the same after crashing his plane,.

        Woz also has not shown the best decision making these past few years, but then again the press has taken what he had said out of context a number of times.

  1. Whatever Woz ever was, he lacked class.
    This Daisey is a slanderer of Steve Jobs’s good name, worse still, with proven lies. Woz jumped at the chance to be associated with that.
    Sad show of utter classlessness all around.

  2. Wozniak is a media whore now, and not even a good one. He never seemed that smart to begin with. He rode the tail of the comet. Without the comet, he never accomplished anything else of not, except crashing his plane.

  3. God bless Woz! He is who he is, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. I think it’s great that Apple keeps him on the payroll like that because he is one of the founding spirits. Let there always be room for the Woz’s in Apple.

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