By Michael Hill
Steve Wozniak — co-founder of Apple and the creator of the Apple II personal computer in 1977 that apple the leader in personal computing for a decade.
Not bad for a geek.
“I was an outsider socially. They wouldn’t talk to me. That was the childhood. I got so good though, when you’re ignored by everybody else you go in to your own world. My world was can I teach myself knowing somethings I learned in elementary school that nobody could have ever stumbled on to on paper how to design a computer? And in high school, yeah, I sat there and I got to design weekend after weekend, I could never afford a single part to start building a computer but I wanted to be able to design them on paper and I got so good doing them over and over and over, developing tricks in my head, always trying to make things smaller and smaller and to me that’s the heart of good engineering, figuring out how to take things out of the picture and have a simpler approach is good for every thing in life,” he said.
Wozniak came to Farleigh Dickinson University for Q&A with inquisitive students like junior international relations major Ruby Karki.
“Do you think the PC was inevitable?” Karki asked.
“I would imagine the the world would be very much like it is . It would have happened at a later point in time. It was thrust largely by prices of building materials getting to a certain low range, being able to minimize the cost. Eventually, it just would have been too logical and obvious a thing and would have started on its own,” Wozniak said.
On the fast-paced growth of artificial intelligence: “A lot of other top people thing the worst threat we have coming is artificial intelligence because if these machines ever out think us and think a hundred times faster than humans, then skip the slow humans,” he said.
One professor asked what to do with all those students in class attached to their smart phones. Wozniak says when he goes out to restaurants, he checks in with his phone and puts it down. He says jokingly one way to deal with others so attached is that when they walk away from their cell phones, hit the Siri button and say, “Siri, wake me up at 3 a.m.”