Lost Steve Jobs speech: 1983 speech has Apple co-founder predicting the iPad and wireless computing.

In Lost 1983 Speech, Steve Jobs Predicts the iPad and Our Wireless Future  

Trending News Channel
Videos Highlighting The Latest Search Trends.
Oct. 3 2012 2:58 PM

In Lost 1983 Speech, Steve Jobs Predicts the iPad and Our Wireless Future  

SNC121003_jobs_640

Screenshot from the 1983 video.

A lost speech Steve Jobs gave in 1983 has surfaced, and in it he makes some eerily prophetic predictions about the tech we're using today.

Speaking to the International Design Conference, Jobs outlined a device that would eventually become the Apple iPad: "We want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you." And he imagined it'd be wireless: "We really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers." He also calls out email, mobile computing, and even an experiment by MIT that is very similar to Google Street View. Jobs didn't come up with these ideas out of thin air, but he showed how they could impact and transform our society.

Advertisement

For some perspective, in 1983, the Apple II was the best-selling computer, Nintendo's Famicom went on sale in Japan, and Michael Jackson moonwalked for the first time.

  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Aug. 28 2015 12:31 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 1 2015 12:20 PM Does Contraception Reduce Abortions? The relationship is surprisingly ambiguous—until you look at the best evidence.