As all of you know, Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday. I am hard-pressed to think of an individual who has impacted technology and its use by society more than Jobs. Sure, you could claim Bill Gates or even Mark Zuckerberg, but I don’t think they quite compare simply because Apple has had multiple moments in time where they completely redefined an entrenched paradigm (Apple II, Macintosh, iPod, iPhone). These pivotal moments were due in large part to Job’s vision for the future. Gates put it best (1):
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
I wonder what the future will hold for Apple, with some trepidation. I hope that the company can maintain it’s technical prowess with Tim Cook at the helm. Without Apple, I fear that innovation will stagnate, as the mobile phone industry had done prior to the introduction of the iPhone. Cook has worked with Jobs for a long time though, so there is hope that their successes will continue.
I have also learned that Westboro Baptist Church plans on protesting Job’s funeral. (2) Once again, they show how religion, when taking to it’s literal end, is a destructive force in the world and has no understanding of reality. Sad to say, but WBC stopped surprising me with their idiocy long ago.
For now though, let’s just remember the profound effects that this one man had on the world.
(1) Gates, Bill. “Steve Jobs.” The Gates Note. 5th October, 2011. Available: http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Personal/Steve-Jobs
(2) Curry, Colleen. “Westboro Church Uses iPhone to Announce Steve Jobs Funeral Protest.” ABC News. 5th October, 2011. Available: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/westboro-church-uses-iphone-to-announce-steve-jobs-funeral-protest/
(3) Munroe, Randall. “Eternal Flame.” XKCD. October 6th, 2011. Available: http://www.xkcd.com/961/