…a 21st-century bicycle that amplifies a certain intellectual ability that man has… (Steve Jobs on Apple computers)

Original: Open Culture – 26-Year-Old Steve Jobs Debates the Utopian & Dystopian Promise of the Computer (1981)

As ususal, education comes to humankind rescue:

“The government has the capacity, by using computers, to get all kinds of information on us that we’re really not even aware that they have,” Koppel asks Jobs, underscoring Burnham’s line of argument. “Isn’t that dangerous?” For Jobs, “the best protection against something like that is a very literate public, and in this case computer literate.” Predicting, correctly, that every household in the country would eventually have its own computer, he finds reassurance in the inevitably wide distribution of computing power and computer literacy across the public, meaning “that centralized intelligence will have the least effect on our lives without us knowing it.”


“We can have privacy or we can have convenience, and we choose convenience, every time.” ~Aaron Haspel