Has anyone else noticed that the future is taking us to the past? Think about it.
Computers: It used to be you had a dumb terminal with all the storage downstairs, controlled by someone else. Then came the personal computer; everything was on your computer on your desktop. Now we're getting low-power netbooks, iPads and Googlebooks with all the storage "in the cloud," controlled by someone else, who may or may not make it available.
Television: We used to watch content on TV -- basically streamed -- that was controlled by someone else at NTSC quality. Then came VCRs, DVDs and Blu-rays, with higher resolutions on big screens. Now it's predicted that we'll be watching streamed content, access to which is controlled by someone else at NTSC or lower quality (nowhere near the bandwidth), on screens smaller than those old 19-inch jobs. There is a difference: TV was free then; Now, unless you live in or near a city, you have to pay for satellite or cable because digital is line-of-sight and not there unless perfect.
Yes, we have seen the future. It's beginning to look a lot like the past.
This is why I've stocked up on enough VCRs and DVD players to last me well into my retirement. I've got enough physical media (tapes and discs) to last me the rest of my life as it is. And enough books to read as well. Sure, I may have to rely on the "cloud" every so often for something very specific that's not in my collection, but I'll never be dependent on it.