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The future isn't what it used to be – or is it?

At the 1983 International Design Conference at Aspen, a young Steve Jobs predicted that within two years, the market would see more computers than automobiles. He also said the computers would likely be poorly designed, though they didn’t have to be. It was difficult for the audience to understand the deep sense in which he meant this commitment to good design. Beyond mere “gift-wrapping,” the emerging graphical interfaces were to signal computational functions that most could not even imagine. How might we be comparably limited today? What new futures might be realized in a year or two – let alone 29 years from now? We listened to Steve Harberger’s cassette recording of this little-known Jobs speech, followed by viewing a contemporary recording of the TEDx talk by Ryan Chin. He’s envisioning “smart cities” with a wireless infrastructure that mitigates congestion through “sharable, collapsible, rechargeable CityCars, GreenWheel bicycles, and RoboScooters,” along with knowledge of our habits using different modes of transportation. Join in the discussion! Consider what to do when imagination cannot keep pace with technology development.

Steve Jobs talk at the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen
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The Next Web, Apple Insider, SoundCloud, Huffduffer, ThunderFeeds and more are featuring Steve Harberger’s Idea Exchange about a talk by young Steve Jobs at the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen.

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