You Need to Move from Cloud Computing to Edge Computing Now!, writes Sabina Pokhrel in Towards Data Science. The reason, says her subhead, is that “Edge Computing market size is expected to reach USD 29 billion by 2025.” (Source: Grand View Research.) The second person “You” in the headline is business. Not the people at the edge. At least not yet.
We need to fix that.
The article illustrates the move from cloud to edge this way:
Three out of the four items on the right reside in the Internet of Things. The fourth, a phone, is ours.
More than any device in the world, that phone is the people’s edge. No connected device is more personal.
As far as possible, we need to be in charge of whatever edge computing happens there. Simple as that.
I am sure that this is not a consideration for most of those working on cloud computing, edge computing, or moving computation from one to the other.
So we need to make clear that our agency over the computation in our personal devices is a primary design consideration. We need to do that with tech, with policy, and with advocacy.
This is not a matter of asking powers that be to please give us some agency. We need to create that agency.
Pretty much everything written here and tagged VRM describes that work and ways to approach it.
Recently some of us (me included) have been working to establish Me2B as a better name for VRM than VRM. It occurs to me, in reading this piece, that maybe the e in Me2B might reasonably stand for edge.
If we succeed, there is no way edge computing gets talked about, or worked on, without respecting the Me’s of the world, and their essential roles in operating, controlling, managing and otherwise making the most of those edges—for the good of the businesses they deal with as well as themselves.