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Steve Jobs Prophecies: Ten Amazing Predictions from 1985
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By Vin Getz ( @vingetz ) on October 11th, 2011Almost 30 years ago, in February 1985, and a year after the launch of the Apple Macintosh and its famous Super Bowl commercial , Steve Jobs sat down with Playboy magazine's David Sheff foran interview . Much like Jobs' other celebrated commencement and keynote speeches , there is a lot to draw from, and dare we say, some passages of profundity.
But even moreso, passages of prognostication.
In betweenanswers to Sheff's questions and observations (don't laugh)…
With a paperwhite screen, small pictures to represent program choices and a “mouse” (a small rolling box with a button on it) to makeselections on the screen, the Mac… Maybe we should pause and get your definition of what a computer is. How do they work?…Why should a person buy a computer?
…Jobs interjects his vision of the future. Anda spot-on one at that, making Nostradamus look a bit like a cheap hack.
To be sure, Jobs was not the only person spouting similar ideas back then, so to attribute these to he alone is a bit of aninjustice. But he was the first spokesman of the impending information age. He laid it out there for the world to see, and guess what, he was right.
Here are Steve Jobs' Ten amazing predictions fromway back in 1985, coupled with some amazing fan art that's been flooding the web in tribute.
Impact on the Future
“We are aware that we are doing something significant. We're here at the beginningof it and we're able to shape how it goes. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”

The Ubiquity of the Computer
“We think thatcomputers are the most remarkable tools that humankind has ever come up with, and we think that people are basically tool users. So if we can just get lots of computers to lots of people, it will...
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