The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people-as remarkable as the telephone.
–Steve Jobs, in an 1985 interview.
Two things from this:
- Say what you like about Steve Jobs, but the one thing the man was really, really good at–in a way a lot of people in his industry aren’t–is seeing the intersection between technology and humanity. Predicting the internet would drive ubiquitous computer usage, in 1985–which, remember, is about a decade before the World Wide Web became A Thing–is crazy prescient.
- Apparently Playboy really does (did?) have articles. Huh.