The fact that Steve Jobs left his mark on the technology world will never be in doubt. Almost a decade after his death, we still talk about his predictions on how technology will evolve and thank him for his contributions that have helped shape the cyberspace into a safer, more connected environment.
Throughout his life, the Apple co-founder “prophesied” on what the future of technology held for us. Most of his “visions” came true, but the man also got some things wrong despite his genius mind. After all, he was still human.
From the founding of Apple in 1976, Jobs spearheaded the micro-computing revolution. He cast a wide net, including smartphones, tablets, apps, music distribution, and anything else you can think of that makes the 21st century the best time to live in. The man pioneered tech products, and to describe it best, he was inventing the future.
Speaking to Playboy in 1985, Jobs predicted that a time would come when we would be using computers for recreation in the home.
At the time, the machines were confined to companies and schools, and very few individuals who ran their businesses from home. The year before Jobs made his prediction, only 8% of American homes had a personal computer.
Fast forward to 2015, the percentage stood at 79%. Who doesn’t love using their PC listening to music, watching a movie, or even for gaming? After all, it is a very important communication tool!
This was also one of Jobs’ predictions during the same interview. He explained that one of the reasons people would get a computer for their home would be to link the PC to communications networks in the United States.
Jobs spoke these words four years before the development of the World Wide Web began, and another year before the first posting of an online web page.
In 1983, Jobs introduced the mouse to do away with having to laboriously type instructions via the keyboard. He explained that everyone would eventually understand its concept, and he made sure to make the device visually simple to use.
Over three decades later, we are so used to it that we assume it. Haven’t you recently used keyboard shortcuts to avoid moving the mouse? With the introduction of touch screen technology, the mouse is even becoming a vestigial device.
4.4 Billion Users
In 1996, Steve Jobs said that soon enough, consumers around the world would be using the web. And although what we use is slightly different to what he was referring to at the time, his concept was spot on.
Billions around the world use the internet on a daily basis, and we’re so dependent on it that we couldn’t even imagine an offline world. The number of internet users around the globe sits at 4.4 billion, as of April this year.
The same year, the tech genius prophesied that storage would be a headache of the past. At the time, he admitted that he wasn’t storing anything on his desktop.
He saved up everything in his mailbox, sending himself a lot of emails. With Google Drive, OneDrive, Apple’s Cloud, and many others; hasn’t his prediction come to pass?
But Jobs totally got his prediction on how the web was going to affect people’s lives. Speaking about it in 1996, the man said that its development wouldn’t be a life-changing event.
And how wrong he was! The internet is singlehandedly the most remarkable invention in history that has changed the shape of the world. How we wish he was around to witness the evolution of cyberspace.