Inside Dropbox’s Quest to Bury the Hard Drive

In the future as imagined by Dropbox, the gadgets are dumb, the features are smart, and data trumps devices. And that data doesn’t just follow us on our laptops, phones, and tablets. It’s in our cars, our fridges, our watches. Dropbox may or may not ultimately build that future. But it’s hard to imagine that someone won’t. Maybe someday a service like Dropbox will be more like a public utility, basic infrastructure for pervasive data that would be invisible, assumed, inevitable.

The genius of Dropbox is its agnosticism; it works across all Smart machines and operating systems as Internet pipes.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.