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Apple Insider has published a link to Steve Jobs 1983 speech in Aspen, Colorado about the evolution of electronic technology including computers and his hopes for the future of computers:

This is a short diary  for anyone who wishes to listen to a simply stated explanation of how computers work and what they might do one day.

It doesn't go in depth but was inspiring for me because it was a chance to listen to an inspired voice explain some things in a way that I could understand them.

From Apple Insider:

Jobs ends the speech with:

"I think as we look toward the next 50 to 100 years, if we really can come up with these machines that can capture an underlying spirit, or an underlying set of principles, or an underlying way of looking at the world so that then when the next Aristotle comes around…" Jobs said. "Maybe if he carries around one these machines with him his whole life and types in all this stuff, then maybe someday after the person's dead and gone we can ask this machine, 'Hey, what would Aristotle have said…what about this?' And maybe we won't get the right answer…but maybe we will. And that's really exciting to me."

A video of the speech as well as an accompanying audio file can be found at the Center for Design Innovation's blog.

Here's a link to the video at the Center for Design Innovation's blog:

I clicked on the video link and made it far enough into the discussion to hear that what is played from 1983 is audio only.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

    by eve on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:23:38 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this (2+ / 0-)
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    eve, billmosby

    Sad as his biography made me to read, I still stand amazed by what this man accomplished

  •  A unique person (1+ / 0-)
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    I've long admired the man and the computers.  I can't imagine using anything else.  I Just got my new MacBook last week :)

    "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." -Jimi Hendrix

    by Four of Nine on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:25:14 PM PDT

    •  You go the new one? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm in awe of the RAM the new Macbooks's hold, among other things. Mine is four years old and, damn it, runs the new 10.8 like new. Like my car, it just seems to want to keep on keeping up with whatever I throw at it. Oh well, I'll just fantasize about taking my iPhone up from very old to the new 5 when it arrives and kick in more to the Obama campaign.

      I'm voting for the UPPITY ONE

      by qua on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:34:02 PM PDT

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      •  we have not yet owned a smart phone. (0+ / 0-)

        my husband has only wanted a dumb phone, lol.

        however i am now thinking about the iphone5
        but need to check out the total costs, etc.

        we pay $30 + tax per month to use a dumb phone which we like o have when we travel - we usually drive.

        i've read that the iphone 5 is expected to be a leap above the 4 or 4s - and that Apple will likely stop updates etc to it's older versions within 2 years.


        Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

        by eve on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 12:06:48 PM PDT

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        •  The problem with the smart phone… (1+ / 0-)
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          is that it costs 400 without the phone company subsidy. But they get that $200 back with a phone bill closer to 70 a month. The good thing about it is all the rest it can do. The app. to take charges through the phone is free - and you pay only 2.75% of the amount charged, the camera is handy, email etc. at ones fingertips, internet, dropbox, paypal, your bank will have an app, auto-syncing of calendar - favorites - etc with computer, Skype, for me the Spanish English dictionary, ebay app, the list goes on forever.

          I'm voting for the UPPITY ONE

          by qua on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 03:11:05 PM PDT

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          •  I have never used skype (0+ / 0-)

            I'll check it out.


            I think the smart phone could be very useful once we figured out how to use it :)

            Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

            by eve on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 05:48:54 PM PDT

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            •  We are hardly the younger generation… (1+ / 0-)
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              in fact, my wife refused to learn any computing whatsoever. Then she got "me" an iPad for my birthday - and immediately made off with it. I've hardly seen it since. She does all her computing on it, word processing, internet, email and more. It even prints via wifi in the house. As to why she couldn't do all that on a simple computer - she has no clear answer. All I know is that the darn thing moved her into the 21st century - and I need one for myself. Most apps work on both iPad and iPhone - although you need 14 year old eyes to do all that on the phone. Together they are the smoothest track away from being left behind as the world changes around us. My druthers now would be a version of iPhone for the wrist, the size of the smaller iPods. I hate belt clips and my wife is always yelling at me about my shirt pocket full of phone, reading glasses, pen, etc.

              I'm voting for the UPPITY ONE

              by qua on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 08:06:40 AM PDT

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              •  we're in (0+ / 0-)

                our late 60's so I enjoyed reading your comments.

                you guys seem to be doing quite well at joining the computer revolution.

                at the very least, young at heart!

                Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

                by eve on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 09:37:11 AM PDT

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  •  Aristotle's browsing history might be interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:37:20 PM PDT

  •  Amazing (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for sharing.

    The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

    by kerplunk on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:20:41 PM PDT

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