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
"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. If you can’t justify buying a computer for one of those two reasons, the only other possible reason is that you just want to be computer literate. You know there’s something going on, you don’t exactly know what it is, so you want to learn. This will change: Computers will be essential in most homes...the most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people—as remarkable as the telephone."-Steve Jobs, 1985
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.