Many consider Steve jobs a genius and a visionary who has had a significant impact on modern technology. It turned out that the co-founder of Apple is well able to predict the future: many of his statements 30 years ago came true and keep coming true so far.
Today laptops, smartphones and tablets have become so ingrained in our lives that it is impossible to imagine a time when they did not exist. However, 20 and even 30 years ago, people have dreamed about these gadgets, not even imagining how they might look. Business Insider has prepared a list of fairly accurate predictions of the founder of Apple Steve jobs about the future of those times, when neither Google nor Facebook was not yet even in draft.
Smartphones every child
For 20 years before the first iPhone, Steve jobs predicted the appearance of the first gadget he’s talking about some “facilitators” living in a small “boxes” that people can carry.
“I always thought that it would be very nice to have small boxes, such a plate, which could carry”, — said jobs in an interview with Newsweek”s Access in 1984.
He also added that these devices will be used starting from a very early age.
“You would get such a thing, when you ten years. You turn and she asks “where am I?” Then you somehow answer that you are in California. And again she asks “Oh, who are you?”” — said the Creator of Apple.
A year earlier, speaking at the International design conference in aspen, Steve jobs mentioned a “very smart computer inside a book that you can carry with you, and master it in five minutes.” In 2010, 27 years later, Apple introduced its first iPad.
In 1984, Steve jobs also mentioned the invention which is very similar to modern voice assistant, such as Siri or Alexa.
“The next step will be computers acting as agent. In other words, as if inside the box is a little man who is waiting for your commands. But it will not just help, but to Orient you in large amounts of information. It would seem that inside the box is your little friend,” — said the inventor.
According to jobs, everyone had to teach a “friend” on their own.
“He would store all the information about you and, perhaps, remember that on a Friday night do you like to do something special. Then he could help you with your lessons… It would have been with you wherever you go. He would know the information you wish to keep, and then began to build the connection between the events,” said Steve jobs during the interview.
Merchants moved online
In 1996, talking about who will be the main beneficiary of Internet jobs was ready the correct answer — the sellers:
“The most benefit from the Internet will acquire merchants. People stop going to stores and will begin to order everything via the net.”
Twenty years later, the company Amazon which is now the world retail giant earned $105 billion, while supermarket chains like Walmart are far behind in development and closed shops. Founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos for the second year in a row recognized the richest man in the world.
The PC market will fade away
In the same year, jobs predicted portal Wired that the PC market will be “in the doldrums over the next ten years or until the end of the decade.”
“In the end, Microsoft will collapse because of his arrogance, and with it there will be new things. But we need to wait until something happened, until a fundamental technological shift,” — said Steve jobs.
Despite the fact that Microsoft has not yet “collapsed”, the PC market is really not in good shape — according to statistics of International Data Corporation, sales of desktop computers decrease by 3.7% each year.
Too much information
In the mid-90s, co-founder of Apple came to the conclusion that people are in a state of “information overload”, and this situation will continue to deteriorate.
“Most people receive more data than they can handle,” said Steve jobs.
In a recent study Deloitte refers to how the average American checks their phone about 52 times a day, so that the inventor was far from the truth. Tellingly, in recent versions of iOS Apple has finally decided to regulate the time of content consumption from a smartphone screen, typing the function “digital health”. However, its usefulness is yet to be evaluated.
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