It looks like it is easy to bash someone who passed to get some clickbait. You only have to get a sentence out of context and sure it will be wrong one or another way. Or maybe not.


In its Absurdly Driven column «Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Computers (And We’re Paying For It Right Now)» Chris writes:

«However, Koppel then pressed Jobs on a considerable nightmare:»

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. Isn’t that dangerous?

«It’s quaint that Koppel could only conceive of governments spying on us, rather than vast companies created by youths. You know, like Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Still, Jobs replied:»

I think the best protection against something like that is a very literate public, and in this case computer-literate.

«Jobs said it was already happening in 1981, as one in every thousand household enjoyed a personal computer.
Ah. Oh.
Jobs truly seemed to believe that this great democratization would lead to people knowing so much about computers that they’d know if the government — or, presumably, anyone else — had nefarious intentions.
What actually happened is that people ignorantly and unknowingly sold their personal information and, in some ways, their whole souls just for the ability to preen a little and contact people they’d been attracted to in high school.
And that is why Jobs was right… computer literacy is the way to avoid that. You can’t blame Jobs if people don’t mind.

He started a company that still inspires its executives to defend its customers’ privacy.
OK, maybe they are in trouble now, defending their China actions. But China’s market is too big to let it go, and US President is making difficult to sell made in China products out of China. But I digress.


You can’t stop people misbehaving, like when they trust a link or attachment in an email or use any USB key without considering their system could be cracked.

And you can’t blame Steve Jobs if people want to give their data for free to companies that are going to trade with them or people do not have the knowledge about what the government could get from their computers or they don’t mind even knowing it.

I would recommend Chris to read this book as it has three full long interviews which show how Jobs was a visionary on computers. As a way to see the full picture instead a clickbait sentence.