4. The Cloud Economy—The Human-Economic Impact of Cloud Computing

Given the massive economies of scale inherent in cloud computing, what is the potential impact of the adoption of cloud computing on the global economy? Extending the argument even further, what is the potential for cloud computing to impact the path of human development?

In this chapter, we cover the following topics:

Technological Revolutions and Paradigm Change

The Course of Human Development

Cloud Computing as an Economic Enabler

Cloud Computing and the Environment

Looking beyond the short-term economic recovery implications, could the widespread adoption of cloud computing improve the lives of human beings on a global scale?

In this chapter, we examine the possible ...

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