We take for granted that Steve Jobs was ahead of his time. A new recording from 1983 suggests just how far ahead he was.
Blogger Marcel Brown posted audio to his Life, Liberty and Technology site today of Steve Jobs' full speech from the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo. Though the main portion of this talk had surfaced in August, the new recording contains an extended Q&A featuring Jobs' thoughts on networking, voice recognition, and even "an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you" that sounds a lot like the iPad that Apple would release 27 years later.
That "book" computer would have a "radio link" so it could communicate without being hooked up to anything else, Jobs told the audience at the time.
Other highlights, as summarized by Brown:
He mentions that computers are so fast they are like magic. I don't think it is a coincidence that he called the iPad "magical." He states that in a few years people will be spending more time interac... [Read more]