Tonight at 8pm E/P on Discovery Channel: ‘iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World’

MythBusters’ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will pay homage to the late Steve Jobs by hosting a special titled iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World. This one-hour documentary, a Discovery and NBC Peacock Productions collaboration, will include interviews with various people whose lives were greatly impacted by Jobs.

“Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men,” Savage said in a statement. “Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn’t simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives.”

Watch iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World tonight, Sunday, October 16th, at 8pm E/P on Discovery Channel.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

31 Comments

    1. You don’t think there will be tv specials about MS and Gates when he passes away?

      Id be surprised. Love or hate the guy he def has been a huge player in Tech.

    1. This show was crap, a cheap way to capitalize on Jobs and beyond shallow. Total fail.

      The guests were horrible, why the hell was Tom Brokaw there? Or that idiot from MSNBC? The only person of relevance was some guy from Glee, who just happened to be a silhouette on an iPod commercial.

      They spent more time on second hand tales of Steve Jobs sobbing over the phone after being fired at Apple (3 mentions I think), and not 1mention of NEXT’s operating system and it’s importance to revitalizing Apple. It also tried really hard to minimize anything uniquely Apple. They kept making the point that Apple wasn’t unique in any way other than Jobs liking pretty stuff and stock footage of people lining up at stores.

      I love the Mythbusters, but I’m not of fan of when they do commercials for Microsoft. Clearly a last minute fluff piece designed to not offend any potential sponsors. And again… Tom Brokaw?

      1. Best guess? They have a show, they are geeks and/or nerds who specialize in innovating stuff, have a healthy respect for the non run of the mill, and probably they are both big Steve Jobs fans who requested the gig.

        1. Well ‘LynnW’, I’m a Republican, and that’s how I roll.

          Oh, by the way ‘macaholic’, this “dickhead” would like for you to open wide and say ahhhh. I’m sure you have plenty of experience.

  1. Just watched it. It was okay, a bit short, 2 hours would have been better, but I give them credit for getting as much commentary as they did. They got the whole pancreatic neuroendicrine tumor bit wrong, but it doesn’t matter.

  2. I just watched it. Savage and Hyneman were great, as per usual.

    IMHO, it was a little too much summary of what most people already know about Apple rather than an exploration of why Apple has been so successful and why Steve has been able to drive that success so far.

    For example, Next was barely mentioned. The Mac wasn’t mentioned at all after their (not so generous) description of the original Mac in 1984. Without Next’s contribution to Apple in the form of OS X and the resurgence of the Mac the rest of the story may not have unfolded. People forget too easily that iOS = Mac OS X.

    Anyway, all of this is neither here nor there I suppose. I just think that some focus could have been put on the genius of the 10 year plan that has gotten Apple to this point, and how difficult it, no doubt, was to make all the pieces fall together so perfectly in the last 10 years. That has been what has made it so spectacular to be an Apple-watcher these past 10 years.

    One thing that bugged me: “For a time, Apple was the most valuable company in the world.” That was untrue; Apple IS the most valuable company in the world. It seems as though people still can’t seem to grasp Apple as a huge player.

  3. Just watched it (complete with ads for Samsung TVs).

    It was Ok, not great, a certainly not insanely great. Savage & Hyneman were only on for a few minutes, someone else narrated.

    What was good was all the different guests; the Woz of course, some former Apple employees for years gone by; various artists, scientists, and others for whom Apple tech changed their lives. Also “slime bucket” Joe Nocera ( http://macdailynews.com/2011/01/15/ny_times_publishes_yet_another_apple_hit_piece_from_slime_bucket_joe_nocera/ ).

    Not a total waste of time, but not the most productive use of an hour either, especially for Apple devotees like MDN readers.

  4. It was mostly crap. Opening scene they walk up to and stand right next to a fake iPad. (my those icons looked identical)

    Then the bulk was rehash of public, nothing really revealing.

    Also referred to the “Cult of Apple” and compared the stores to “temples” and “churches”

    I think the myth busters guys were fans, but they were hardly in it and all in all it felt like a rushed, poorly produced attempt to profit from Jobs demise IMHO….

    1. I agree.

      I would have liked to see the Terrell Brothers who bought the first 50 Apple II’s.

      What was with the comment that the Mac wasn’t successful? What about the LaserWriter that spawned an industry and changed how publishing was done? What about the 1984 commercial?

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