Moscow, March 18 — “News. Economy.” Today we cannot imagine life without our smartphones. However, some 20 years ago things were different. During this time technology has changed so much that it seems impossible to predict how the world will change.
However, Steve jobs back in the 80s and 90s made some predictions about the development of technologies that are coming true now.
Below we will discuss 5 of his predictions that have come true. 1. The emergence of tablets
Apple released the iPad in 2010, however, jobs, apparently, been thinking of creating such devices in 1983.
There is an audio recording of the speech of Steve jobs during a conference of the International Design Conference at aspen, 1982.
In his speech, jobs talks about the computer the size of a book, which users can carry anywhere and which can learn to use in five minutes.
After this audio recording was published in 2012, many experts have stated that that description is very suitable iPad. 2. Prediction about voice assistants
Long before there were such voice assistants, like Siri, Alice or Alexa, jobs predicted the emergence of such virtual assistants, and it happened in 1984.
In an interview with Access Magazine in 1984 he said that “it will be like inside the computer sits a man who can predict what you want. It will not only help you how much will be the conductor for large amounts of information. It’s like sitting inside that box is your friend”.
Today, these assistants became a reality, and they are in almost every smartphone.
These assistants will learn about your habits and preferences more and more, as soon as you use them.
“You will teach them and they will learn about you,” said jobs during the same interview.
“They will store all the information about you and probably every evening on Fridays will know that you want something special, and will be able to help you with routine tasks. He will ask you: ‘do You want me to do this every Friday?’, you say, ‘Yes’, and soon he becomes an important assistant. He will be with you everywhere. He will know almost everything about your life.” 3. These devices will be used by children from 10 years
Even more surprisingly, jobs predicted that similar voice assistants will be used by children from 10 years.
“You get such a thing at the age of, say, 10 years, turn to her and ask: ‘Where am I?’, and the assistant will tell you that you are in California and asked: ‘who are you?'”— also said jobs during an interview with Access.
According to a study 2016, which was held by the company Influence Central, kids get their first phone at the average age of 10.3 years.
This also corresponds to the Nielsen study, in which it was found that 45% of parents surveyed have a data plan for children aged 10 to 12 years. 4. Startups will compete with corporations using the Internet
Jobs also predicted in 1995 that the Internet will become a means through which startups can compete with large corporations because the Internet allows them to sell their products directly to customers, rather than invest in marketing.
“It’s very exciting, because the Internet can destroy vast layers of our economy and make available a place in the market for small companies, which will equal to large companies,” he said in a 1995 interview with Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation.
Today, startups like Casper sell products (in this case, mattresses) directly to customers.
In 1996, Steve jobs reiterated this idea in an interview with Wired, saying that the Internet will become a significant tool which will allow companies to dispense with intermediaries.
This became the basis for technology startups, 20 years later.
At the same time, jobs warned that big companies do not pay attention to the risks for their business. 5. Predictions about the Internet and trade
One of the most important predictions of Steve jobs in an interview with Wired in 1996 was that the Internet appears everywhere.
Of course, many people talked about it, but he made a comment about “tone dialing”, which hints at a world of ubiquitous mobile communications.
Another prediction concerns the fact that trade will be the main beneficiary of the development of the Internet.
When asked about who would benefit from the development of the Internet, jobs said that it will be people who have something to sell.
“Trade. People don’t need to go to different shops. They will be able to buy everything online. ”
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