October 9, 2011

Steve and the Arts

The biggest achievement of Steve Jobs was to reorganize the technology industry around humanist ideals. For the bulk of its lifespan, computing had been dominated by military-industrial interests and engineering-driven design. Steve Jobs, through Apple, NeXT and then Apple again, created a massive gravitational center around the needs of creative people. He made emotion and intuition important in a world of rationality, logic and predictability. Steve, in effect, brought the arts firmly back to the core of the technological universe. For that, we can all be very thankful.

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