Steve Jobs and Bicycles for the Mind

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

From Apple.com:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. …

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

One of the most stimulating ideas that I have learned from Steve Jobs is that ‘Computers are like a bicycle for our minds.’

The first computer that my family owned was a used 80′s, and even considered old at the time, Macintosh that was given to us in 1992. At about the age of 8, I spent hours discovering how to interact with a GUI. I was able to tell what time it was all over the world with the included world map, I could use it as a calculator, I could paint and draw pictures, I could copy and paste, I could play games, Stunt Copter being my favorite! Basically I knew then that computers would change the way I interacted with content. And from age 8 I was always more computer literate than my parents. And to this day I still help them set up their Apple devices.

Hopefully Apple can keep on inspiring people for many generations to come from continuing to innovate software and hardware harmoniously. We see some corporations turn to quick profits at the expense of long term well being and neglect the original soul of the company, after the corporation loses the visionary, as we saw in Walmart’s loss of Sam. I hope this is not the case with Apple. Apple is in the best position they have ever been, hopefully they continue to create awesome ‘bicycles for the mind’. It would have been great to see what Steve Jobs could have done with another 40 years, or so, but he has already accomplished so much, and inspired so many. RIP Steve Jobs.

Edit: Looks like Apple University may solve this potential issue of Apple losing it’s mission, as reported by Apple Insider.

Some of my previous posts on Steve:
http://blog.stevenswigart.com/2011/08/steve-jobs-early-tv-appearance-video/
http://blog.stevenswigart.com/2011/04/steve-jobs-2005-commencement-speech/
http://blog.stevenswigart.com/2010/10/past-apple-ceo-sculley-hindsight/
http://blog.stevenswigart.com/2010/04/steve-jobs-on-flash/

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3 Responses to Steve Jobs and Bicycles for the Mind

  1. Ryan Michael Murphy (@NouveauSouth) says:

    I thought this article about Steve Jobs’ use of LSD was extremely interesting. http://healthland.time.com/2011/10/06/jobs-had-lsd-we-have-the-iphone/#ixzz1aCKpRZ3d

  2. Ryan Michael Murphy (@NouveauSouth) says:

    Also, I want to make those “fully streamlined vector shape” bikes for commuting.

  3. sbswigart says:

    Yes, that’s a well written and thought provoking short article by Time. There was lots of interesting press on it when Albert Hofmann died a few years ago at the age of 102.

    An agreed, those bikes look awesome!

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