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Steve Jobs Speech in 1983
October 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm #170666
From the Life, Liberty and Technology blog:
The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store
In 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech to a relatively small audience at a somewhat obscure event called the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA). The theme of that year’s conference was “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be”, which looking back seems all too fitting. Circumstances being what they are, very little is available on the Internet regarding this Steve Jobs speech. In my extensive research, I could find only one recording of this talk, which itself was just posted in June of this year. This talk received a fair amount of attention at the end of August, after it was mentioned in a Smithsonian Magazine article written by Walter Issacson, Jobs’ biographer. However, the recording currently available is not complete. It ends after about 20 minutes, which corresponds with the end of Jobs’ prepared speech. Left out is almost 40 minutes of a follow-up question and answer session where Jobs offered incredible insight into his vision of future technology. I now present this recording to the world so that it may be preserved indefinitely.
download/play the full one hour “speech” caution the download is ~22megs
October 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm #170668
more commentary from the speech, this one from Blog All:
Rare full recording of 1983 Steve Jobs speech reveals Apple had been working on iPad for 27 years
The topics are fascinating. Among them are computer networking, a concept that would become the App Store and that Apple had already started creative work on what would become the iPad—27 years before it was released.
When asked how computers are all going to work together, he talks about the inevitability of a universal networking standard, that will allow them all to communicate.
“We are putting a lot of computers out that are made to be used in a standalone mode, one person, one computer,” says Jobs. “But it isn’t very long before you’re going to get a community of users that want to hook them all together. Because ultimately, computers are going to be a tool for communication. Over the next 5 years, the standards for doing this are going to evolve, they all speak a different language right now.”
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