Steve Jobs was Always Steve Jobs (Nov, 1982)

In 1982 Martin Amis, yes that one, wrote a book about video game culture called “Invasion of The Space Invaders”. In it he included a Steve Jobs quote from when he was still an Atari employee. It is classic Jobs:

“The computer,” says Atari’s Steve Jobs, “is one of the pinnacles of Western rational thought. They bring together physics, electronics, chemistry and mathematics; they bring logic, and philosophy, information theory, all that. And the people working on these computers possess a passion about the discovery and creation of something. It’s a passion that I have only seen matched in people pursuing what they consider to be the truth of their existence. It’s the same purity of spirit I have experienced in monks.”

Also check out his thoughts in this interview with Byte Magazine done when the Macintosh was introduced.

The hip young heroes of Atari, for instance, are convinced that they stand on the very brink of evolutionary breakthrough. The development of the video games is seen as roughly equivalent to mankind’s slow crawl from the primal broth of creation. Any day now, it seems, homo sapiens will once more be toweling himself down on the fresh dunes of tomorrow. “The computer,” says Atari’s Steve Jobs, “is one of the pinnacles of Western rational thought. They bring together physics, electronics, chemistry and mathematics; they bring logic, and philosophy, information theory, all that. And the people working on these computers possess a passion about the discovery and creation of something. It’s a passion that I have only seen matched in people pursuing what they consider to be the truth of their existence. It’s the same purity of spirit I have experienced in monks.” So perhaps the foul-mouthed, grimacing youths of the arcades aren’t just improving their geometrical and spatial awareness: what they’re really doing is searching for the meaning of life.

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  1. blast says: October 9, 201112:38 pm

    The passion of creating a separate reality is matched only by the passion of understanding reality… an interesting comparison. Kind of a shame that the quote ends up in a book so focused on video games that the author misinterprets the statement entirely (hopefully in jest) and proceeds to make an equally ridiculous attempt to squish “Hamurabi” into the arcade mold as well.

    When I was young I’d always assumed that Jobs was as much a geek or hacker as Woz was. There he is, though, making it clear he doesn’t “work on” these computers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org…

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