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Life as a service?
Material posted: Publication date: 17-05-2019
Life as-a-service (HCS), or in English "Life as a Service" (LaaS) found expression in the minds of several people or groups of people: here it was considered from the perspective of the total digitalization of life, turning all its services and demand a new political system capitulationism, and here a self-critical view from the US considering slugishly life as an attempt to solve the problem of unnecessary waste of resources (recognizing that Americans consume resources in 4 times more than stable provides, the entire planet) was. What unites these views is the identification of trends in the abandonment of private property, such as vehicles, computing devices, home and even clothing. However, the actual relationship between the concept of life as service with the already widely known IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and with which of them it is possible to compare? How to ensure safety and compliance with ethical standards, their own worldview in a new environment: consider the existing problems and their solutions.

Today I also came to the realization of the concept of life as service, not knowing that such thoughts were already expressed. But I discovered this new concept as a warning, as a border which you cannot cross, as a reminder that life cannot be represented as a service. On the other hand the discovery of thoughts becomes a service due to the openness of the network and the availability of search engines.

Thought service allows you to instantly find like-minded people and to evaluate the difference of their views from their search systems create an invisible library, which is really more like a dump, but the dump, threw the jewellery recently with bags of money. But the space of the network can be resembles a landfill precisely because the thinking of mankind and represents this dump, that is, the language itself as a service is a dumping ground of thoughts.

But what distinguishes intelligence is the ability to accurately identify the wheat from the chaff, even whole grains are uncertain and probabilistic. And with property in the end all the tenants and owners are only temporary owners, although they think that they may in the abstract to assign your rights to your children and grandchildren ad infinitum. But first you need to give birth and raise children, and then it will be their right to take from us the gift of our property or go their own way, the property is not encumbered.

My concept of the HCS differs from the above described findings of social change in the way of everyday existence in which the services sector expands so much that fills almost the entire observable universe of everyday thinking.

The difference is a different angle of view on the events: instead of full digitalization I involve, and in fact life as-a-service in a literal decoding is nothing like the analogy of the action of man as a machine, that is performing some work as a part of his life. Earlier in the record "of performance in the service sector" , I defined the differences between people as providing services similar in this case, the provision of the software or operating system services from the authentic creative path, the essence of which cannot be reduced to the concept of services.

For example, you can hire a photographer or to order the artist picture (and it was during different eras) in this case, a high probability of turning creativity into service, and it is possible to refuse from this institutiolization and take off and write without any regard for monetary system and pragmatic meaning. This is the value previously proposed the concept of cultural pragmatism, according to which not only money, but any practical motivation is related to pragmatic beginning, whereas the beginning of the cultural uses other bases and much deeper aspirations. For example, religious and philosophical creativity, aspiration to cognition of the world in physics and the discovery and application of pure mathematics in the frame of the degree confer cultural pragmatism the starting point for the development of human activity, although I consider in relation to the present cultural pragmatism as a phenomenon of society of posledovatelnosti (postmodern).

Therefore, in the sleep or home, car as a service, we can find completely different manifestations: from the provision of some set corresponding to the quality standards of the network of hotels, services of a taxi to the uncertainty of providing apartments to living together within a community (e.g., fans or travelers), get the car a friend for a ride. And in this respect we can apply found in the field of information technologies the degree of depth of slugishly for consideration and all other aspects of life in the field of service provision.

As you know, in connection with the development of cloud technology instead of ownership you can now use the equipment remotely in the lease. It can be a network device or computing power. But equipment is only the first level, though the deepest, in the direction of slugishly, this is getting technical Infrastructure as a service or abbreviated to IR (eng. IaaS Infrastructure as a Service).

But in this case, as with the house we get only the "hardware" or "concrete", i.e. bare walls, electricity and water. How we use water and electricity to create an internal climate for life business tenants.

In fact apartment building similar to the cluster from which parts can be delivered under those or other needs. But within the IR users do not get any operating system for computing or applications. If they get their network we accordingly turn to models of Platform as a Service or PKU (eng. PaaS from Platform as a Service) and Software as a Service or the Buyer. (eng. SaaS Software as a Service).

It is important that in each case, obladateli not only provide the right to use, they ensure constant maintenance and updating, providing, and solve emerging issues. In fact our house is corresponding to the model of the EC should have the protection and support of residents, that is to be read in conjunction with the administering organization. In the model of PKU to these services are also added conditions for immediate implementation of applied means of user tasks, that is, the presence of the operating system, database management systems, network services, when the place is already final and intermediate tools (such as content management systems, office and production applications) for tasks remains with the user.

For home similar basic framework for managing your life consist in the presence of storage locations (similar to a file system), working and sleeping areas, amenities and entertainment with the hardware and internal software (and TVs, fridges already have operating systems which can be more often install apps; beds do not usually have the operating system, but it only means that this operating system is not automatically configured, however the bed itself, a mattress and a platform, while bed linen is an example of analog applications).

Mainly because of the concept PKU correspond furnished apartments and rooms with a supported bath and toilet facilities. Finally, the model. means the provision of already configured (at least installed and updated) and ready-to-use software. In this model, we can not even guess about what the operating system provides processing of our data, first we will simply evaluate version control systems databases and software environments, the amount of memory available, speed and reliability of connection.

Although for purposes of safety and compliance with our own principles of business and life in General we must specify all the technical details and compare the different policies, ranging from ethics and policy in the field of environmental protection until a proper security policy.

Actually, we did not break our connection with reference to their own lives, of our world, just one of the most common today is the functionalism and the disengagement from the ethical execution of transactions when people like those traders of non-ferrous metals that do not bother to specify the origin we buy and resell their objects in reality. Similarly, the dissemination of the concepts of the IR, Etc. and more can keep people from thinking about the fact that in the computing and data centers are air coolers, are not the most efficient from the point of view of heat dissipation solutions, but more cheap or reliable, that leads to a higher number coming today in the atmosphere of greenhouse gases.

Also security might require personal inspection, accompanied by relevant professionals to establish compliance with the requirements and monitor the actual execution of the declared policies.

So we are actually faced with a paradox in the transition to slugishly of increasing need monitoring and management delegation of responsibilities, while often formally declared the transformation of personal content and maintain equipment and maintain service as getting rid of the "headache" associated with concomitant processes.

But that can happen mostly only in cases when the user is so little thought about the issue of backup and archiving, improving the reliability, and the impact of its assets on the environment, on security.

But in this case, even reviewing the measures taken by professional landlords of computing devices and security will require learning the basics of computer literacy to get some kind of an idea about them and not just the basics, to be able to monitor the activities of providing services to it. Similarly when we arrive at the hotel we begin to use soap, shampoo, water, lunch, and dinner in the restaurant, sleep on the provided bed linen, but usually do not think that Soaps and shampoos contain harmful substances, the water does not pass sufficient cleaning before and after use, the food in the restaurant does not match the different ethical and religious beliefs.

In this case, we have already unconsciously applied model. and the counterpart software in this case is bed, kitchen, WC, TV software. It can be called not software, and programmable in the sense in which it is defined the local social and organizational culture and language scripts.

But we all know about the editable forms of furniture and even the exoskeleton that transforms even the body into the service, especially if exoskeleton or avatar you can rent. Today there are not only mechanical recliner transformers, but and digital. What kind of cloud services can be attributed to this decision: selecting the Buyer and received only the initial information about the organization of activities to provide services and ensure we are therefore in the era of posledovatelnosti always compromise, or we can try to minimize this compromise and try to find the Buyer that meets the safety requirements, for example, the provision of which is not used potentially dangerous chemical elements or to find "green" servers, to provide energy which use only renewable sources of energy.

The problem is that, as with other mass-provided services, we agree with the kind of institutionally specific set of norms such as privacy policy or the relevant legislation of a particular country, but we often have no time to read the many documents and legislation from various countries (which is subject to change), no possibility to check the implementation of laws and policies, nor the resources to choose several times or several orders of magnitude more expensive (but more than meets our requirements) proposals.

Scaling the concept of cloud computing to other aspects of social life, you can make the following table, the respective overall views about Society 5.0.

Table. The ratio of the concepts of cloud services with some elements of private and public life. *Note: "ku" means a reduction "as a service".

Cloud computing services

Culture and art

Residential and industrial premises

The city


Ownership of the infrastructure and related assets

The IR

photo booth, rent a camera from friends

the building of ku

the infrastructure of the ku premises ku

security ku, ku infrastructure


camera, phone ku

furniture, diversity of equipment ku

museums of ku, hall rental/scenes/square

education, libraries


photo session, impressions ku

eating well, fun ku

ku catering, entertainment ku, theatre

events ku, health

Life as Services

In General, people can be at different levels of approaching "life as service": for example, removing the country, having an apartment in the city and using a hotel on vacation, just as they can at home to use a self-configured operating system and office applications at work to use customized by the employer, making the required additions, and on the road to go to the cloud office and business applications. It is important to understand that regardless of the distribution model. employers have actually provided. for employees, highlighting the units responsible for the relevant functionality that is provided to employees of services for the installation and maintenance of software to carry out functions in the workplace. On the other hand, the network organization and remote work often can lead to the need to offset the provision. from the employer to third parties, causing the emergence of new markets and apply appropriate solutions..

Previously, IR is already partly belonged to the service centers of manufacturers or third-party centers that handled computer engineering, and manufacturers of portable devices are widely used in the level RAS, the device implementing operating systems and basic set of applications. Today the idea to collect the phone from components may cause some confusion, whereas the self-Assembly desktop computing devices is still a normal process, although less rasprostranennymi.

In General, by themselves, changes with the level of proficiency to the IR, further to the level of the RAS and further with the level of RAS to the level of use is seen as a relief of life, reducing the associated cost. But it is important to understand that there is equipment and infrastructure, which really is idle and can be used more effectively with the proliferation of networking organizations and technologies, such as cars or computers, oven, bed, mixer, drill is in average used most of the day in contrast to the taxi pool and servers, and there are houses in which people live a lifetime, bookcases in which to store family books, the refrigerator, almost fully loaded healthy food, etc.

People are "spliced" with things and razveseloj can mean the loss of yourself. The choice of technological models not only means that the choice of political preference, but a philosophical change in the way of being: a shift from the pale of settlement in favor of nomadism. Reducing transaction and infrastructure costs, will increasingly turn life into services and live more independently from place and function.

This gain in efficiency is necessary for the preservation of the planet, so people just need to abandon attachments and splicing, but they should be choose and save if necessary, special feelings and attachment, the more that home library in paper form may even reduce greenhouse gas emissions: instead of computing the analog reading of the book does not require additional energy, and its production or binds some of the carbon in used wood, or eliminate the landfill (if for pages will be made out of recycled plastic).

Life as-a-service (HCS) may be considered from two sides: on the one hand is the embodiment of life of those people who organize and perform services for us, that is the embodiment of cloud-based services and experiences, which we receive, we receive part of the lives of others and enter it into your life experience those periods when received.. On the other hand is our own life, for which we use either our own standards, beliefs, beliefs, attitudes, or trust the settings and scenarios of the surrounding world, but vozdeistviem one way or another on the lives of others, sometimes directly providing services, performing the actions. Usually in social phenomena this process of mutual influence bilateral. But, for example, in popular culture it is often replaced by a predominantly unidirectional process of influence from a position of trust idols or brands. In this case, we run the risk of"close" eye on privacy, security and to go against our own feelings and beliefs. And often in the case of digitalization, it means trusting in the technology that even begins to rely on "neutral". But this assumption can create a source of illusions regarding security, if, for example, we trust a certain technology, ratings, and reviews, with to go to an unknown country, taking away the right of the driver and the owner of the property. In this world, even the reliable and truthful history may not mean an acceptable level of reliability, while the mass news and public statements are increasingly at odds with reality. And the reason for this is the unidirectionality of the impact of mass culture, the lack of feedback, the basis for which is life as a reality, and not its functional facilitation as a set of services.

In these articles, the concept of HCS considered from the perspective of the treatment of consumers for services in the era of digitization and is considered as the basis for a more efficient use of resources, real objects that cease to be property. But, as correctly noted in the comments to these visions, the concept of property in this case does not disappear, rather, it comes under the control or possession of service providers, ranging from hotels to restaurants to cloud computing centers. As for the levels, the authors consider almost solely the level of use, citing as examples of the numerous applications and nodes concerning different aspects of our lives. But it's like the theatre: it is impossible to make it in the online cinema site with me — not the same as the page with the rating of restaurants. In the end, on the pages where people can discover their own zing to detect its components, but only as long as they're not pages (that's the difference personal culture and pragmatics). In General, it is possible to question, in principle, display of cultural phenomena on a network space and an opportunity to present consequently the cultural part of every aspect of life in digital format, because in the best case this mapping is just a strong distortion, and not the approximation of an abstraction of reality, which we achieve, for example, using languages.

But with the advent of the ability to lease personal vehicles, and even finding a companion within a common platform or even a right to reside in your own apartment you can expect the emergence of independent processing networks for office and entertainment applications, wider distribution networks storage similar to the one that exists today for scientific distributed computing or emission of cryptocurrencies, for distributing files. But there are a number of serious problems that do not allow to obtain the distribution of some technological solutions, such as an independent search engine as a public and common services.

First, openness in itself is often in the field of globalization, which can be not really acceptable for most people on the planet, so the decisions in which participation of every one's own resources can be regarded as an attempt to oblige each owner of the apartment to take a certain amount of guests a year.

Secondly, the business model based on the monetization of advertising and provide information that supports the operations of the largest information corporations, but what users will probably prefer to give up or want to restrict if they think about it.

Thirdly, more beautiful and right decisions are often more complex and costly to use and maintain, even if they are free. In fact, here we find a key parameter.: are often the costs, of the transaction, the maintenance and security, and especially the assessment of social and environmental impacts are much more usual than the perceived initial costs.

But on the other hand, these same costs and risks exist in relation to traditional services, particularly in respect of the Buyer, although in traditional organizations of services methods reduce the risk rather industrial. What is maybe not enough, but what already may be a vision of the future is a system of independent quality assessment and relevant quality parameters, which can assess services. One part of this system can be the feedback of friends and acquaintances who we trust and who are competent in a particular area.

The other part can be an independent check, which are now journalists, auditors with a clear mapping of existing procedures, but again, it is desirable that the findings were limited to the standard criteria and was available for automated analysis. And another part may be a open broadcast service provision process, for example, a camera mounted in the cab or in a restaurant kitchen, reportages, remove guests, visitors centers the data and calculations, etc.

Let all such materials will be difficult to estimate and display, on the one hand, modern technologies of processing big data, augmented reality will eventually solve the problem of processing a video including live broadcasts. The creation of such a system will reduce the uncertainty associated with the transformation of life in the services and will raise awareness in relation to this process. But in this case the very "mass" culture will lose its value because it will return to the variety in which a lot of areas, groups of people will compete on the same conditions but coming from different cultural settings, where you can appreciate the process of cooking and washing just as the efficiency of the cooling system of data center storage.

I think it is advisable to keep the Islands and "secret" and not to make some aspects of life in the services, but the overall quality of life as open and confirmed, understandable and effective services has to increase manifold including because will disappear unreasonable pricing for the confirmed quality in the ocean of dullness, and also significantly reduced institutional and transaction costs, such as confirming compliance with the standards, filling out numerous forms, permits, and examination and comparison of diverse information. But the main thing is that the openness to features of the services leads to the disclosure process as part of life, and it may not whole life, but at least the pragmatic part, it allows you to set the process of bilateral cooperation providing and receiving services of the parties, a process that defines, improves and maintains public relations and communications with the outside world not only in digital displays but also in reality, the process which turns life into services and does not compare services with life, but gives the services of vitality, which eksisteret through digital beastliness.

Conclusions: services and, in particular, based on digital technologies reveal one aspect of life, namely, its pragmatic part, aimed at achieving some known state and meet the set quality standards. Above, we compared the 3 levels of penetration of services as to cloud technology and other aspects of life, which also penetrate digital technology.

The levels represent the gradual replacement of self-implemented action by the achievement of similar conditions side controlled by external processes that are controlled by the people, or the people directly. Levels and comparison can be applied both to individual lives and their communities in small groups and in organizations. Attempt to make the concept of "life as-a-service" ideological interpretation is refuted by the proof that life as a service — just one of many sides and cannot be reduced to the service sector without losing their existential content.


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