A new video of an interview done with Steve Jobs in 1994 shows the then-CEO of NeXT considering how his legacy would affect the future of technology. His choice of metaphor: sedimentary rock.
“All the work that I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I’m 50,” Jobs said.
“It’s sort of like sediment of rocks, you’re building up a mountain, and you get to contribute your little layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher, but no one on the surface–unless they have X-Ray vision–will see your sediment. They’ll stand on it, it’ll be appreciated by that rare geologist, but no. It’s not like the renaissance at all. It’s very different.”
The clip is a part of a documentary done by the Silicon Valley Historical Association entitled “Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur.” The documentary is a $15 download available from the Association’s website.
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Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.