Friday, October 07, 2011


Jobs to Edison

Perhaps you've heard the recent comparison of the late Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison. It's an interesting comparison but there are differences.

I recall reading about Edison when doing my graduate work in Educational Technology. He said that he expected the motion picture projector to be used as a teaching tool, but "when the educators failed to respond, I lost interest." That may not be an exact quote, but it captures his message.

I saw a film clip the other day showing Jobs talking about the Apple II. He said it will seduce people into wanting one in their homes. He was right. Nobody needed a personal computer back then, but today we can't live without them.

Edison never saw the seductive power of motion pictures the way Jobs saw it in his computer. So let's remember Jobs and the other guy, Wozniak, for their great invention. Two guys named Steve.

It's a good name.

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