Mobile voice, video the future of data growth: Steve Wozniak

Data generated by mobile voice recognition software such as Apple’s Siri and video have been tipped by Fusion-io chief scientist, Steve Wozniak, as the future growth opportunity for companies in the storage space.

Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Wozniak, who co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Jobs, told press and analysts that consumer products are moving more and more toward “artificial intelligence” functions such as voice recognition.

“Your voice is sent off to the cloud, recognised and analysed on systems there [in the cloud] and transferred back,” he said.

“There is going to be a huge amount of data [generated] the more and more we use voice and that’s going to be the trend.”

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According to Wozniak, video data generated by smartphones will become less localised and will be shifted into the cloud and overseas data centres. Fusion-io provides storage services for Apple and Facebook.

“I am very optimistic about the growth of the amount of data processing that is in our future,” he said.

However, Wozniak conceded that as a user of personal devices he did have worries about hosting everything in the cloud. In August this year, he told news service AFP that people would have less control over their data if it was hosted in the cloud.

“I’ve always said that the cloud is necessary and it has so many great advantages but you can’t be sure that everything is going to be there tomorrow,” Wozniak said.

According to Wozniak, a Google calendar item has changed its name twice on his personal device.

“I’m the only admin privileged user but it turns out I have software that I have given the privilege to go in and synchronise,” he said.

Wozniak on Apple

Turning to the legacy of the company he co-founded, Wozniak said he preferred not to take free iPhones from Apple — which is why he queued with punters in Brisbane, Queensland, to be amongst the first in the world to own an iPhone 5.

Wozniak also reminisced about his time spent developing games for the Apple II, the computer he created which went on sale in June 1977.

“I put some commands into a language and wrote a program that allowed users to play the game in colour,” he said.

“In half an hour I did more in 10 years than I could have done unsoldering and resoldering wires with hardware.”

According to Wozniak, Jobs was just as excited about the games program.

“We were both quivering — video games were never going to be the same,” he said.

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