The Computer Revolution has turned full circle, according to the computer scientist who helped Joe Stalin nurture the USSR in the years following the Russian Revolution.
Professor Nicholas Pelmeni explained: 'In the old days, we had people working for dumb terminals linked to giant, mainframe computers -- but then along came personal computers which upset all that. People were allowed to do whatever they wanted with their cheap little computers, and far more than they could have done with a calculating machine or a set of logarithm tables.
'It was anarchy. The computing giants, such as IBM and the others, were terribly upset, as were the governments that sponsored them.
'Today, however, people are all rushing to subscribe to Cloud Computing, which is just the same as having a terminal connected to a mainframe except that you don't have a clue where your data is, much less who you're working for.
'I could only have dreamt of having such control over people with a simple, old-fashioned mainframe. Cloud Computing puts the users exactly where powerful organisations want: working for entities they have no control over and for people they've never even spoken with, much less met. It's a clear victory of commercialism and totalitarianism over the popular notions of freedom and democracy.
'With that and smartphones keeping track of what people say and exactly where they were when they said it, I think the computer industry has won hands down. I'm just glad that I saw it happen before I died.'
Professor Pelmeni is Head of Statistical Analysis at Ellis Island, a former Senior Technical Officer of the Gulag, and Special Advisor to the FBI, CIA, MI5, FSB, Mossad, the Chinese Government and other leading data processing authorities. His latest book "You Can Have Anything I Give You" is now available online from Amazon. Prices vary according to web browser history.