You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.
You have to be kidding me. No-one will know who Jobs was in 2091; they'll still know who Edison was.
I've been reading Isaaacson's biography of Jobs and just came across this near the end:
Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times magical. He was, indeed, an example of what the mathematician Mark Kac called a magician genius, someone whose insights come out of the blue and require intuition more than mere mental processing power. Like a pathfinder, he could absorb information, sniff the winds, and sense what lay ahead.
Steve Jobs thus became the greatest business executive of our era, the one most certain to be remembered a century from now. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Edison and Ford. More than anyone else of his time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the power of poetry and processors. With a ferocity that could make working with him as unsettling as it was inspiring, he also built the world's most creative company.
And he wasn't just a business man. Jobs is listed as one of the inventors on 212 different patents (Edison has 1093 patents).
But I agree with you rather than Isaacson. Jobs worked in an arena of short product lifetimes, and nothing he invented was iconic in the same way as movies, the phonograph, and light bulbs, so I don't see why he would be remembered by anyone but historians a century from now. Still, he was responsible for products like Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. He bought Pixar, drove animation technology forward, and made the company successful. He created industries like on-line music stores and app stores. It is for these reasons that I agree with Isaacson in ranking him way up there with Edison and Ford.
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