Recycled Computing

Carrying On Steve Jobs' Vision

- 2011.10.06

It's hard to know what to write about Steve Jobs now that he's gone. Without his drive - and no one would deny that Steve Jobs was a driven man - we not have the the wonderful world of neat Apple toys that are not only fun to play with, but also have profoundly changed the way we live.

And yet, Steve Jobs will not see more of the vision of the future that he promoted and advocated come into existence. Steve Jobs died at age 56, the same age that I am.

Perhaps, like Icarus, Steve Jobs flew too close to the sun.

enslaved masses in Apple's 1984 adSteve Jobs has charged all of us to carry on, to reject the commonplace, the ordinary, and the usual. We truly are at the age of an information revolution that will hamstring the efforts of tyrants to rule their fellow humans through force. One of the characters of Joss Whedon's film Serenity says, "You can't stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere."

storm troopers in Apple's 1984 adToday, the biggest weapon that keeps dictators on their thrones is ignorance. Jobs and Apple created increasingly small tools that let us to talk to each other across the globe and access information that would ordinarily be hidden by national borders. It is up to humanity to make use of Steve Job's vision to create a better world.

The hero in Apple's 1984 adLike many of you, I know that it is hard to imagine what would we do without our Macs, iPods, iPads, and iPhones. Sure, the market provides similar devices, but they aren't the same. There is an ease of use with Apple that is just not present with other manufacturers. Jobs was a modern alchemist who somehow injected a little magic into Apple devices.

Big Brother in Apple's 1984 adNow that Steve Jobs is gone, it is up to us to demand user-friendly computing and that Apple continue to innovate and create the future that Jobs' envisioned.

We stand on the shoulders of giants, and stand we must. LEM

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