Steve Jobs died last Wednesday, aged 56. Tributes are everywhere. He has been widely described, in the obituaries that have followed, as a visionary and a genius.
Jobs closed a commencement address at Stanford six years ago by quoting the final issue of the Whole Earth Catalog. “Stay hungry, stay foolish,” Jobs told the grads.
Sadly, it seems that he may have followed his own advice too well.
Sure, he founded Apple, made Pixar what it is, came out with the Macintosh (from the 1984 version through the iMac and the MacBook Air), iPod (all the way up to the Nano), iPhone, iPad, iTunes, etc. Amazing technology, all of it. Slate’s Farhad Manjoo calls Jobs ”the man who invented our world.”
But at what price?