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Woz predicts dystopian future with Apple still there

The founder of Apple is predicting a dystopian future where Jobs’ Mob, Google and Facebook rule a world which lives in deserts.

The theme of next weekend’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” Woz, who predicted the rise of portable laptops said that in 58 years, Apple will be still around.

“Apple will be around a long time, like IBM (which was founded in 1911). Look at Apple’s cash ($246.1 billion, as of the end of its last fiscal quarter). It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around (in 2075). The same goes for Google and Facebook.”

Other areas will not be great either. There will be new cities in deserts which could be ideal locations for cities of the future, designed and built from scratch. People will shuttle among domed structures. Special wearable suits will allow people to venture outside, he said.

AI will be ubiquitous, Wozniak says. Like a scene straight from the movie Minority Report, consumers will interact with smart walls and other surfaces to shop, communicate and be entertained. Medical devices will enable self-diagnosis and doctor-free prescriptions, he says. “The question will be ethical, on whether we can eliminate the need for physicians,” he says.

Woz is convinced a colony will exist on the Red Planet. Echoing the sentiments of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose Blue Origin start-up has designs on traveling to Mars, Wozniak envisions Earth zoned for residential use and Mars for heavy industry.

Wozniak says there is a “random chance” that Earthlings will communicate with another race. “It’s worth trying,” he says, “but I don’t have high hopes”.

Jobs had nothing to do with early Apple technology

Wozniak_photoDancing Queen and all round good bloke Steve Wozniak has been giving interviews to help kids with their school projects and he has spun an interesting story about the formation of Apple.

When he was visiting Orlando he was asked by 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani to let her interview him for her website, ReachAStudent which with true Woz style he did.

Sarina set up her website to provide students at her school “the ability to access and share positive insight on any school related matter” and to allow students to ask questions of mentors.

In the third and final video Woz answers questions about Steve Jobs and Apple which might stick a spanner in the works for those who believe that Jobs was behind everything.

Woz said that Jobs played no role at all in any of his designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that he made to enhance the computers.

“He did not know technology. He had never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he did not know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do,” he said.

The Apple II was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and Woz had built it before Jobs even knew it existed.

Being the sort of person he is, Woz did not slam Jobs for any of this. He said his partnership with Jobs was important. He warned that a great product would not do anyone any good unless it sells – and for that, you need a company.

“So it’s very important, even if you are not a business man, to find someone who is.”

In other words, Jobs was a leech, but he was a useful and necessary leech.

Humans will become robot pets

Wozniak_photoThe brains behind Apple, Steve Wozniak, has said that humans will one day be the pets of robots.

Woz has warned that artificial intelligence will be “scary and very bad for people,” saying robots will “get rid of the slow humans” which would mean most of Apple’s customers. However Woz has since mellowed a bit saying that being a robot’s pet is no bad thing.

Speaking at the Freescale technology forum in Austria, Wozniak said: “They’re going to be smarter than us and if they’re smarter than us then they’ll realise they need us. We want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time.”

He realised this when he was feeding his dog the same meals as he prepared for himself. “I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog fillet steak and chicken every night because ‘do unto others.'”

Wozniak added: “It’s actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they’d even have the ability to look after humans. They’ll be so smart by then that they’ll know they have to keep nature, and humans are a part of nature. So I got over my fear that we’d be replaced by computers. They’re going to help us. We’re at least the gods originally.”

Woz is not buying the new iPad

Gadget mad Apple co-founder and all round nice bloke Steve Wozniak said he is not buying Apple’s new iPad Air.

According to Business Insider, Woz is always looking at gadgets, but he really could not see anything he needed when it came to the iPad Air.

He said that the killer thing that was missing was that the Air did not have enough storage.

He said that he does not have broadband at home, and can’t get great broadband connections in hotels. This means that all Woz’s favourite tunes and episodes of Big Bank Theory are stored on his iPad.

Woz said that he was hoping Apple would make a 256GB iPad so he could put every episode of Big Bang Theory on it. He emailed Mrs Woz and  she said he didn’t want one.

We expect to see Woz attacked by the provisional wing of the Apple cult for not staying true to Jobs’ vision of buying everything the company makes even if it is not useful. 

The jolly japes of Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that he is a hacker to his core and loves to play pranks on friends and family.

Woz told Network World he had fun with light-hearted forays into hacking computer and telecommunications networks several decades ago.

He said that people with imagination in engineering are naturally drawn to the idea of finding ways to bypass security controls.

But Woz added that he never once hacked a computer for real and his break-ins were done in the spirit of exploration, never for profit or malice.

One prank involved some experimentation into a shared computer system where he left nine pages of Polish jokes.

Once he read an article about how tone signalling could be used to manipulate telephone networks to set up calls. Woz worked out the exact frequencies and tried them out on the telephone system. He used his skills to explore the network but did not steal or avoid paying bills.

He admitted he used to sneak into at least one eminent Stanford institution’s lab every Sunday when it was supposed to be closed, to find electronics and science manuals.

Many of Woz’s break-ins were combined with a prank. Once he guessed his stepson’s password for the Macintosh and made the files he found hard to access. He and his wife teamed up on the kid to leave a folder marked “from Mom”.

Wozniak wades into Jobs movie

The bio-flick about Steve Jobs is so wrong that it has Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak completely confused.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Woz said that he was not even sure what the film is getting at and personalities were “very wrong”.

Woz questioned the accuracy of a long-awaited film about Steve Jobs as the movie opened with a red carpet premiere, leading its makers to issue a statement that the flick is not a documentary.

Wozniak said the movie “jOBS” managed to stuff up the characters as well as the relationships between them. It especially misread the one between him and Jobs.

Jobs and Woz never had the interaction and roles depicted in the movie. The film was based on the idea that Jobs had an idea of computers affecting society, but that never came from him. The ideas inspired Woz and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club, which was the hobby group both belonged to.

Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn’t start talking about this great social impact, said Wozniak.

His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer Woz gave away. Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed and saw a way to make a quick buck off Woz’s designs, Wozniak said.

He said that, at the time, they were both kids – and Woz never looked like a professional.

The flick is directed by Joshua Michael Stern and features Two and a Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher in the title role. It is supposed to tell the tale of a college dropout to one of the most “revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century”. We can see where they went wrong there. They should have probably kept Apple fanboys away from the script.

As the film producers said, reality was not part of that thesis. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the producers said that the film is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow-by-blow, word-for-word account of all conversations and events. In other words, they made most of it up when the facts did not fit.

However, the film makers claimed to have done extensive research in an effort to make an entertaining and accurate film that captures the essence and story of Steve Jobs and those that built Apple with him. But they acknowledged that “not every single thing in the film is a precise representation of what took place”.

Wozniak did say that he had only seen a clip of the flick, and said that the movie should be very popular and entertaining. 

Woz really is a nice bloke

The BBC’s otherwise bottom-licking documentary on Apple Messiah Steve Jobs, Billion Dollar Hippy, tells one story where the autocrat did not come out in a particularly nice light.

In the early days Jobs and Woz were paid by Atari in 1976 to develop a video game. Jobs did not tell Steve about the financial arrangements he had made.

Woz did a six month job in four days and nights with no sleep. It was pretty rough considering he was working for HP full time. The game, “Breakout”, did rather well and Jobs pocketed the huge slice of the cash earned and bought an orchard in Oregan.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Woz said that it hurts him that Jobs didn’t tell him the truth about the payment. But he does not think that it matters that much.

“I had a job as an engineer at HP and Steve would have been welcome to all the money (to buy into that orchard up in Oregon),” Woz said. “It was one small negative thing that didn’t hurt me and you have to weigh that against all the good in Steve Jobs.”

Woz still remains convinced that Jobs’ contribution to the world had been Goodness. Well, other than to the Chinese of course.

In the documentary, Woz said that Jobs had always wanted to run people and be seen as an important thinker, and developed a more conservative streak as Apple got bigger.

He said that he was too close to Jobs to see the transition. Besides, it never bothered him. Woz wanted to be an engineer and did not want to run Apple or step on other people. Jobs wanted to be a top executive.

Woz sees Jobs as being a good friend to him. It seems to us that Woz was probably a better friend to Jobs and all round nice bloke. 

Apple threatens to foist second iPad on the world

Cupertino design house Apple is set to release a second iPad to an eagerly waiting world, according to reports emanating from Ole Taipei.

The device, according to trusted newswire Digitimes, will have a seven inch screen and will be built by Taiwanese ODM Compal. There’s no news about how much the second iFad will cost but it was always on the cards that Apple would roll another one out towards year end.

Nor is there any news about whether you’ll be able to print from this putative iPad – currently you’re restricted to putting the screen on a Xerox photocopier if you want to print anything out, despite the fact that Apple hails the device as the saviour of newspapers.

The report claims that Chimei Innolux will be the lucky winner to supply the seven inch screens using similar tech to the existing gizmo.

However, the world+dog knows that Apple will soon find itself up a creek without a paddle, because numerous Chinese manufacturers have similar devices in the wings that don’t bear the Cupertino logo but come in at way under $100 for the BOM (bill of materials).

Apple was formed on the 1st of April 1976 by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ron Wayne. Steve Jobs is 55.

Woz got an Apple engineer fired

The paranoid Apple machine apparently fired an engineer for showing its former founder and dancing queen  a prototype iPad for two minutes.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, told Wired that on the morning of the iPad launch, an engineer showed him an iPad for two minutes. For this he was fired.

Woz’s claim seems to highlight the paranoid climate of secrecy that exists at Jobs’ Mob.

He spent two minutes with numbers on this iPad, trying some stunts he had seen on Apple’s website demo video. He was not told that it was a 3G model and he didn’t know that. He was told that this engineer had to wait until midnight to show it outside of Apple’s secure area.

The strange thing is that Woz is still an Apple employee and yet he was getting another employee into trouble by seeing it.

“My guess is that he was allowed to take the iPad outside of the secure area but still not supposed to show it, Woz told Wired.

When he told Steve Jobs about the matter on the night of the iPad introduction he said:  “so it’s no big deal.”

But the engineer still got fired and Woz was fairly sure that Apple HR told the engineer that it was because everyone that finds themselves  in the same situation gets fired.

At least 2,500 women fancy Ballmer, reckons OnePoll

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has emerged as the hottest thing in tech as he ticks most of the boxes on a OnePoll survey of what women secretly find attractive.

2,500 women were surveyed on what qualities turn them on, and according to their responses enthusiastic dancer Ballmer seems to be what does it for most ladies.

Most women yearned for a “geeky” man, who was a bit “cuddly” and unafraid to dance in public. Although this might come as a shock to some as these are women’s secret preferences because almost one in five women would never admit what they really find attractive.

Another geek that, according to this survey, could do it for the ladies is Apple founder and professional hairy-man Steve Wozniak. The Woz would drive the women surveyed wild with his grey hair and glasses, apparently.

Ballmer is well known for whipping up his employees into a frenzy with his enthusiasm and ‘dancing’ and it seems the ladies like this too.

Other erotic qualities most sought after include crying at soppy films, being sweaty after sports and reading books.

Unfortunately, both Ballmer and the Woz are spoken for. It seems all the best ones are taken…