The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983

 Life, Liberty, and Technology blog has posted this story about Steve Jobs giving a speech to a conference called the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA).  The theme of the conference that year was “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be“.  

Each attendee at the conference was given a copy of the speech on an audio cassette.  The author digitized it and posted it to the Internet.

The speech itself was about 20 minutes long and was followed up with a 40 minute question and answer session.

Of course, the speech given in 1983 was roughly at the time of the Lisa introduction and the Apple ][ was still the most popular personal computer.

Among the future looking comments made were the following:

  • He states that in a few years people will be spending more time interacting with personal computers than with cars.
  • He confidently talks about the personal computer being a new medium of communication. This is before networking was commonplace or there was any inkling of the Internet going mainstream.
  • Mentions an experiment done by MIT that sounds very much like a Google Street View application.
  • That Apple’s strategy is 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”.

For the full article and a download of the file go here:

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