Steven Sinofsky on Steve Jobs’s ‘Bicycle for the Mind’ Metaphor for Personal Computers

It’s a Twitter thread collected in a Medium post, so the narrative doesn’t read perfectly straight through, but it’s worth your time. Jobs’s 1981 appearance on Nightline is worth it alone. I hadn’t seen this before, and both Jobs (on the potential of personal computers, and their inevitable ubiquity — at a time when only 1 in 1,000 U.S. households owned one) and his counterpart David Burnham (who, even then, was deeply concerned about the privacy implications of computing) are remarkably prescient.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019