The reason why I most love the internet so much is because it lets me learn as much as I want about almost everything. I still find it amazing that I can listen to or watch conversations with the world’s best minds, anytime, anywhere, over and over again, for free!
I’ve always been hopelessly curious. As a teen, there was a time when I spent most of my free time at the library. Ironically, I was also considered to be a ‘bad student’. They ousted me from two schools (or was it three?) and I spent more time in ‘detention' that I can remember.
I was and still am disturbed about how our education system works. But let’s not get into that right now, that is a book and a whole lot of blog posts that I need to write someday.
But there is one thing that I spend a lot of time thinking about: Now that we have all the knowledge at our fingertips, why does it seem that people are only getting more superficial?
We are quick to conclude that there is too much information to consume. We like to believe that people want to escape from it all by consuming bandwidth to share pictures of their food, their drinks, pets, and all sorts of other useless items of information. Personally, I blame the education system for taking all the fun and awe out of learning.
But yes, there is so much information out there that it gets overwhelming. I keep a list of things to read, listen to, or watch. I struggle to 'keep up' with all the stuff I bookmark for later and keeping up with it all really used to stress me out.
Then I realized that it was a stupid to look at it that way. I was running a thought pattern of scarcity. Instead, I came to see that it makes more sense to look at it from a standpoint of abundance. The best way I can explain it is with a simple metaphor:
See it as a river. You can’t drink all it's water, but there is a lot more where it came from!
If you are hungry and ambitious for whatever it may be, this perspective may also give you some peace of mind.
Last night, I finally decided to watch “Steve Jobs - The lost interview”. It had been on my list, patiently waiting to be consumed. I loved it! So much that I wanted to draw your attention to it.
This is an 80 minute conversation with Jobs. It was taped in 1995 for a TV series about Apple and the tumultuous times it was going through in those days.
Normally, they only use parts of the long interviews they record in the final edits. After they produced the series, they lost the original recording. Luckily, they recently found a VHS copy while cleaning out a garage.
Believe me, every minute of that interview is worth watching. It is Jobs at his best.
Personally, I had already made up my mind that Jobs - despite being an amazing genius - was also an asshole. I’m glad I took the time to watch this because he became more human to me. Maybe it was because they caught him at a more vulnerable and reflective time in his life. Maybe it was because he finally came to terms with getting kicked out of the company he founded. I don’t know what it was, but it seemed that Jobs was in a great place during this conversation.
Now I know you may be too busy to invest 80 minutes of your time into a video interview. But if you care about what one of the best minds ever has to say, I would advise you to at least skip to minute 64 (or 1:04 hours) into the interview.
It is fascinating is to hear him express his vision of the future of technology. He totally nailed it. To express it like that in 1995 proves that this man was indeed one of the most amazing minds we have ever witnessed.
He also puts into perspective how we humans are essentially tool builders and that we make technology to 'dramatically amplify our human abilities'.
Another favourite moment of mine is when he makes the point about how those who are driven to do amazing things with technology are not doing it for the sake of the tech, but rather to satisfy the need to enhance our humanity.