Gustavo Ballvé on October 6th, 2011
Corporate Strategy, Food for thought, Home, Media, Tech is about the work done by all of us at IP, but this is a personal note – instead of the normal “we”, this post is about something I’ve watched today. I was at a lecture this morning and Professor Earl Sasser – whom I can’t thank enough – played a 1987 “product concept” video that’s simply impressive (embedded inside). And that’s not just because the “Knowledge Navigator” is a wonderful vision, but also because we’re not that far away from something like this. Think iPad + Siri and a few years of development. Sure enough, the 1987 video was Apple’s.

Prof. Sasser’s point: seeing things that others didn’t was nice, but seeing it through and changing the world was Steve Jobs’ genius. More comments inside.

Here’s the video:

Prof. Sasser then played Steve Jobs’ amazing graduation speech at Stanford in 2005, which I’ve posted here before. When it was over, he asked us to ponder his lessons and apply them to what we could change in our companies and in our lives today.

I’m writing this in my new Macbook that has just arrived in the mail today – of all days. It’s a wonderful machine, but more importantly it’s an impressive experience of superb hardware and software integration. But then again I already knew it would be, having been a Mac user for quite a while. In fact, if you start from my Spectrum Ed II from 1986, in which I programmed my first Basic code at age 8, it’s been a wonderful ride.

I’m sure I’m not the only one looking at his or her computer a little differently since yesterday.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur Clark, 1973

“Witchcraft to the ignorant, …. Simple science to the learned”. – Leigh Brackett, 1942

“…a performance that may some day be considered understandable, but that, in these primitive times, so transcends what is said to be the known that it is what I mean by magic.” – Charles Fort, 1932

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