1985 interview of Steve Jobs envisions "nationwide communications network"

1985 interview of Steve Jobs envisions "nationwide communications network" for computers
Steve Jobs was a visionary, and while he also was quite a polarizing figure, it is always interesting to read about things that he said thirty years ago. Jobs was interviewed for Playboy back in 1985. At the time, having a computer in the home was unusual. As Jobs said in the interview, "The primary reasons to buy a computer for your home now are that you want to do some business work at home or you want to run educational software for yourself or your children." But in a prescient comment, he added that computers would end up being essential in the home.

Jobs also seemed to know in advance that the internet was coming. He said that the most compelling reason to own a home computer would be to hook it up to a "nationwide communications network." He said that this would be "a remarkable breakthrough for most people-as remarkable as the telephone."

Jobs also discussed the advantages to using a mouse, and responded to a critic who called the Mac the world's most expensive Etch A Sketch! It is quite an interesting read regardless if you are a big fan of the late Apple co-founder, or not. Despite what you might call his personality flaws, there is no questioning his brilliance and his ability to peer into the future. To read the entire interview, click on the sourcelink.

source: Longform via Gizmodo

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