The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

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I stumbled upon this “lost” recording of a 1983 Steve Jobs presentation at the International Design Conference (Aspen, CO) titled, “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be.”

The recording was “discovered” back in October 2012, and is about an hour long. Here are some highlights:

  • He states that in a few years people will be spending more time interacting with personal computers than with cars.
  • He equates society’s level of technology familiarity to being on a “first date” with personal computers.
  • He confidently talks about the personal computer being a new medium of communication.
  • He discusses early networking and the mess of different protocols that existed at the time.
  • He compares the nascent software development industry to the record industry.
  • He makes the comparison of a developer’s lifestyle being similar to an artist’s lifestyle.
  • Right at the end of the Q&A session, a question is asked about voice recognition, which he believed was the better part of a decade away from reality.


“Apple’s strategy is simple. We want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you that you can learn how to use in 20 minutes.”

~ Steve Jobs


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  • Sirena Quincy Williams

    This will be very interesting if they continue with the development of this personal computer. Unless its the Ipad…

  • M. Kornowski

    amazing video and content about a guy who really changed the world…many thx

  • Mithu Hassan

    Great & Inspirational !!

  • Guest

    amazing post about a guy who really changed the world…many thanks for this….

  • Joseph Solares

    Awesome find. A true visionary. Of course some of his failed products were a little ahead of their time because he was such a visionary.

  • Carlos Frank

    Its amazing how men like Steve Jobs are able to see into the tech future. Thanks for posting.

  • Rob Tee

    Very interesting, being on a first date with a computer, lol.

  • Ruud Reijmerink

    Really visionary! Thanks for sharing.

  • Scott Bravell

    Can’t wait to get to “2nd base” with the computer! LOL

  • amidiabetic (Stuart)

    What if he had picked up a banana? LOL But seriously, His insight was visionary

  • Harold Gardner

    Steve had a vision that was way ahead of his time. Each generation is blessed with just a few of those. We need to have a better way to find and nurture the next Steve Jobs.

  • lee centre

    awesome blog

  • Jason Wagner

    Wow, my opinion of Steve Jobs as a visionary has just jumped a bit more. Thanks for bringing this to my attention :) Maybe he wasn’t the nicest man in the world, but the world is better for him living on it.

  • Michael Smolensky

    The future isn’t what it used to be, and the past isn’t the same as how we remember it.

  • Ron Callari

    The man, the legend… it will be some time before another pushes the envelope as far as Steve Jobs was able to do in one lifetime! Stay Hungry! Stay Foolish!

  • fabian gauna

    Just that comment of “a computer in a book to carry around with you” is amazing. how much of a visionary can someone be.

  • Scott Bravell

    Still timely, even after all of these years. Steve Jobs, a true visionary. Great insight into the creative process!

  • Walter Wässa

    In jeder Generation gibt es Visionäre, Steve Jobs war auch einer.

  • Robbie Jack

    Attention Redditors: This has everything to do with programming.

  • thednalife

    This is timeless…Worthy of everyones ears!

  • HSPHealth

    I was working at IBM at the time. We emailed each other all over the world, all 400K of us. I expect the internet to be the backbone of society, like a global town square.