Honoring my mentor's predictions from 1985 in a tribute and product demo
How the playbook would have played out knowing Steve's knack for seizing strategic moments
Just under a year ago I decided to reflect on some of Steve’s predictions from 1985 about the 1overwhelming response to OpenAI’s new chatbot becoming a tool where you could ask dead philosophers anything and get an answer somewhat close to that persons worldview.
Video: In an intriguing prediction back in 1985, Steve Jobs imagined a future where technology could enable conversations with past philosophers and historical figures, simulating responses that reflected their unique worldviews.
The Birth of a Futuristic Idea
Jobs’ foresight in envisioning such a tool was not a mere daydream; it was a profound belief in design's potential to bridge past and present. He saw design as a medium to connect us intimately with the vast expanse of human knowledge and experience.
Humanizing Technology: A Core Apple Principle
The essence of Jobs' prediction and our design journey at Apple shared a common heartbeat: making technology feel more human. Our goal was never just to build products; it was to create experiences that resonate deeply with people.
OpenAI’s human-centered approach may in part reflect Jobs' vision. The idea was to make historical interactions feel real and accessible, transforming the way we connect with history and knowledge.
Having designed Steve’s keynotes for 5 years I took it upon myself to design a 2product demo showing how Steve would have demonstrated the announcement of these new tools. 3Google losing billions due to its rival ChatGPT was an opportunity to get one last jab in at Google on SJ’s behalf while reconnecting in spirit with my mentor.
This demo symbolizes not just a competitive edge but also a tribute to Steve Jobs, echoing his spirit of innovation knowing his knack for seizing strategic moments.
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