Rare Video: Steve Jobs Says All His Work Will Be Obsolete by Time He’s 50
Mac Rumors, via The Loop, via EverySteveJobsVideo, via the Silicon Valley Historical Association, published this video yesterday, ostensibly never seen before in public, of Steve Jobs in 1994 talking about his legacy.
“All the work that I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I’m 50,” Jobs says. “Apple II is obsolete now, Apple Is were obsolete many years ago. The Macintosh is on the verge of becoming obsolete in the next few years.
“This is a field where one does not write a Principia which holds up for 200 years. This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries or builds a church that will be admired and looked at in astonishment for centuries. No, this is a field where one does one’s work and in 10 years it’s obsolete and really will not be usable in 10 or 20 years.
“It’s sort of like sediment of rocks. … You’re building up a mountain and you get to contribute your little layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher, but no one on the surface, unless they have X-ray vision, will see your sediment. They’ll stand on it, it’ll be appreciated by that rare geologist, but no, it’s not like the Renaissance at all. It’s very different ….”
Meanwhile, back in 2013, a report from the Wonderful World of Woz: Steve Wozniak discusses his misbehaving days and ways at Cal with ABC7 …
Yesterday, Woz was on hand at the History San Jose museum to power up one of the few working Apple Is extant.
And for the true Apple–The Early Years fan: check out our series of posts on Peter Jon Shuler’s interview with Dan Kottke, Apple employee No. 12.