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The future, as described by Steve Jobs in 1983

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The future, as described by Steve Jobs in 1983
The Center for Design Innovation made available a speech given by Steve Jobs in 1983 at the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado. While citing some historical parallels in the development of different technologies, Steve Jobs set the landscape of the then-current state of the personal computer and the coming tidal wave it was going to have on society over the next several years.

He also discussed some longer term visions, such as someone walking around with a radio linked mobile device and being able to access their data from it. Being a design conference, he also enlisted help from the audience regarding the visual design of computers, acknowledging the reality of computers at the time, “If you’ve looked at computers, they look like garbage.”

Jobs described the early 1980s as the “I Love Lucy” stage of society’s experience with computers. He then forecasted the different effects computers would have on varying media. His predictions were pretty much on the money and we have certainly exceeded the vision of some of his ideas.

The speech is little over 20 minutes and with hindsight being 20/20, there is little that can be disagreed with regarding what he sees in the future. Share your thoughts with us about the speech.

sources: Center for Design Innovation via AppleInsider

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posted on 29 Aug 2012, 10:41 16

1. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

Steve Jobs at the end of the day was more than just a CEO, he was a visionary and had a plan all along.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 10:43 19

2. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

And was that plan to shamelessly copy everything great (his own words) while restraining people from developing something that's pretty general in terms of usage?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:12

5. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Even if thats true, u need brains to copy too... u need to know what is worth copying
Irrespective of what they did/do ( i am no judge of that), they are top dog for a long time now...and we have made them that top dog

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 21:11 5

22. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

If thats the case......why in the hell do some ppl hate Samsung and give Samsung so much flak then?

We can give praise to Apple/Jobs for copying.....but hate Samsung for it? The rationale and hypocrisy is astonishing....

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 01:39

23. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

First, i dont hate Samsung (mayb only for the build quality of a few devices)
Second, why hasnt anyone sued Apple for copying their stuff? If they have, why havnt they won ?
Please bear in mind im not advocating any company but just trying to be a bit rational

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:28 5

8. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Some companies take someone else old and under-achieved ideas, improvised upon them and bring it back to the world and create something that everyone else wants.

Some other companies take someone else ideas and copied them into its own products to look and work the same as the original, and add in some extra features that users can be suckers in and brags about.

It beats me why people defends the second type more than the first.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:36 6

10. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

That's because the first company is being a d**k, and asking for $30 for pinch to zoom even though they didn't invent it.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 01:41

24. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

exactly... it seems the difference between receiving a thumbs Up/Down is the words u chose to express the same opinion!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:36 2

9. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

His idea wasn't just to copy, but also to patent competitor's effort ;)

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:14 3

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Im sure the Steve Jobs of 1983 vs the last decade were pretty different in some regard. Apple was a fairly successful company in the 80s, the Apple of today is humongous, when companies get that big, they change people.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 12:50

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 25744; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Nope his plan was the same as every other company that's ever existed. Make all the money u can, keep customers loyal to your brand, bring in new customers and milk them all. Name one company that doesn't have that as their blueprint.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:14 7

6. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Steve Jobs was cool before 2001

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:17 3

16. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)

He'd be one hell of a Scientology leader.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 10:55 4

3. kombinatonz (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Who cares!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:09 5

4. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Not you apparently but a lot of people might care.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:28 4

7. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

What I think of Steve jobbs

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:49 5

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

He is a kind jerk.....

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:53 4

12. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

There is such a gray area when labeling someone a visionary. No doubt that Steve Jobs and Apple created some intuitive products that enhanced our user ability. However, visionaries have been around since the beginning of man. Jules Verne, who maybe the foremost father of science fiction, envisioned a boat load of concepts many decades before anything had emerged or were remotely conceivable. Submarines and rockets dreamed of in the 1800's? Gene Roddenberry implemented many props in the original Star Trek that led to modern technology products also not even conceivable at the time.

Computers used in everyday life or handheld devices, were basic props used in and out of movies far long before Steve Jobs was born. We must not over celebrate such elaboration on the basis of sound bites made at conferences. He didn't say anything different than Bill Gates, IBM or any other technology wonders had given their predictions for. It's easy to envision and predict when you are present during a chapter of technology breakthroughs. He may have helped fine tune products, but we must not over-analyze his role within the computer industry. I'm not claiming his role was irrelevant by any means, I'm just saying that worshipers tend to dig as deep as possible to elevate their personal favorites as the infallible.

John B.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 02:42 1

25. roscuthiii (Posts: 2272; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

The term "visionary", when applied to Steve Jobs in the manner it usually is by the media and Apple enthusiasts, is laughable. The real credit should go to people like the Woz and Jony Ive. They're the artists weaving their works with the tools of their trade. I give him credit as the commissioner of the work, not as the artist that created it.
All I take away from Steve is that he was a fan of sci-fi as a kid. Probably read a lot of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, & most likely some L. Ron Hubbard...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 08:51 1

26. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 906; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Phonearena should repost that as an article. Kudos!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 11:59

13. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)

“If you’ve looked at computers, they look like garbage.”

Sadly, 80's fashion didn't share this same view.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:07

14. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Recording at 13:00 - Google Maps in 1983 wow

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:18

17. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Can someone please explain me how could it work ? I mean in 80's you did not even have a memory big enough to hold a digital picture, computers have been 16 bits with like 16 colors. i understand that computer was probably just giving commands when to show picture and which one, but i am sure there had to be some other device that was holding all this photographs.

Just wandering.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:24

18. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

He was the most inteligent being ever to walk among mortals. Only Einstein compares.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:36 2

20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4825; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I think maybe Stephen Hawking might be in their too.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 17:13

21. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

In this order: Steve Jobs,Einstein,Hawkin.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:22 2

19. bantheiphonedotcom (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


Wow, I wish Samsung would have shown this info to that jury....

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