Mobile Technology

Things don’t have to change the world to be important…

18th November 2013

Steve Jobs was most well known for co-founding Apple and developing the iPhone. As iPhone app developers, we owe our careers to Steve Jobs in some ways.

Things don’t have to change the world to be important. Here’s an excerpt from a Steve Jobs interview with Wired in February 1996:

“The problem is I’m older now, I’m 40 years old, and this stuff doesn’t change the world. It really doesn’t. I’m sorry, it’s true.

Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much—if at all.

These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.

But it’s a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light—that it’s going to change everything. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” [Wired, February 1996]

So does technology make your children smarter? Possibly. Possibly not. But that’s not the point Jobs is angling at.

The point is that technology is like a gift. It’s a gift that can be used for sharing, learning and interaction. The point being that little things like this matter irrespective of how seemingly small or insignificant they might be.

Rather than changing the world itself, technology has the power to change your world.


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