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I agree. I'm trying to see this through that perspective when we were at that point in the cycle where everything was centralized. I'm wondering if there will ever be a time (or even a reason) for things to go back the other way again.

Also, agreed about the use case - sometimes I get the feeling that quantum computing is a problem looking for a solution (but I am sure that must not be the case). That said, I think things are partially that way because quantum computing is just such a different paradigm, so to truly take advantage of it takes a pivot in thinking, but that great dividends may be possible as a result.

My thought is, it's kind of like how we learned about what FPGAs could do. Different paradigm, incredible opportunity.

Privacy, offline access, low latency - these are all excellent use cases for edge computing. Once it's time to do some heavy lifting, though, it makes a lot more sense to centralize. Decentralization gives you control along with responsibility, so the cycle goes something like this:

* Decentralized as a part of early development

* Centralized for ease of early deployment

* Decentralized once it becomes simple / commodity enough that everyone can just have one

* Recentralized once it's cheaper to run them all centrally again

And then you only break back out once the thing you're doing fundamentally changes for some reason.

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