‘Let me describe the world I live in’… Steve Jobs got a lot off his chest in his Q&A session with developers at WWDC 1997 — the first after he returned to Apple from his years in the desert at NeXT.
What is perhaps most relevant today, a week or so before Apple is expected to launch iCloud, is the part where Jobs describes his vision for what is now known as cloud computing.
He lays it out in a 5-minute segment — excerpted below — using his own personal computer set-up as a template for what he hoped Apple might someday be able to make as “plug and play for mere mortals” as it made the user experience a decade earlier.
“I can’t communicate to you how awesome this is until you use it. And what you would decide within a day or two is that carrying around these non-connected computers or computers with tons of state in them — tons of data and state in them — is Byzantine by comparison.”
PS: watch the full 70 minutes WWDC video here…