Listen to Steve Jobs describe the iPad, the MacBook, 3G/4G, the App Store and more… in 1983

Last week, a short audio clip emerged of Steve Jobs speaking at the International Design Conference in 1983. Now, the entire hour-long clip has surfaced [listen here]. For true Apple enthusiasts, it’s something you’ll enjoy. It’s fascinating to listen to Steve describe modern technology, almost exactly as we know it today, but 29 years ago. Here are a few takeaways.

  • 3G / 4G devices – “One of these days when we have portable computers with radio links, they can be walking around Aspen and retrieve it [email]..”
  • Email – “We link a bunch of computers together and we can send messages to an electronic mailbox, which people can then receive at their leisure…”
  • iPad – “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.”
  • Computers – “People are going to be spending 2 – 3 hours a day sometimes, interacting with these machines.”

At the very end, someone in the audience asks about voice recognition. It’s interesting to hear him talk about the difference in getting a computer to understand context instead of just basic words. Now, nearly 3 decades later, we see exactly how hard it really is. Siri is certainly a step in the right direction of true voice recognition and contextual response, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

All in all, regardless of what smartphone or tablet you use, it’s truly incredible to hear such a visionary as Steve describe these things in detail, long before we ever dreamed of them.

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