“Steve Wozniak captivated the crowd Friday night at the MassMutual Center, telling stories from the early days of Apple, promoting technological advances like self-driving cars and describing the philosophy that has driven him to such success,” Brian Steele reports for MassLive. “‘Everything you do should have a little bit of fun,’ said Wozniak. ‘What is success in life? … I don’t want to frown.'”
“‘When we started, we had a really lousy idea of what a computer was for,’ he said, referring to himself and Steve Jobs, who founded Apple in the Jobs family garage in 1976. They thought about people using home computers to store recipes and balance their checkbooks, but that would be just ‘a $2,000 word processor if we ever came up with a printer,'” Steele reports. “Time, tenacity and talent grew the company from its meager roots into the world’s leading technology giant. When Jobs died in 2011, some analysts wondered if the company would suffer. Wozniak said that shouldn’t have been a concern because the people who run it now are top-notch, and the sheer financial power ‘buys a lot of opportunities for failure.'”
“Wozniak spoke openly about Jobs’ death, saying it ‘hit me emotionally.’ Jobs would call Wozniak in the later days of his life and the two would look back at the times they shared,” Steele reports. “Dismissing the concern over giving artificial intelligence too much intelligence, he said that’s already happened. ‘The machines won 200 years ago. We made them too important,’ said Wozniak. ‘That makes us the family pet.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: As always, we love Woz, an idiosyncratic genius if ever there woz one!