A Dream of Interpersonal Computing

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3 min readSep 13, 2022


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Steve Jobs had a vision in 1990 and discussed interpersonal computing.

If you spend time on the video above, you will realize that he demonstrates a personal computer much like your iPhone in the modern day — the goal is to do everything in one place.

You still have a physical device you carry on to work with.

What if you have a digital or virtual machine with everything on one platform?

According to Steve Jobs, we are at the third explosion with a faster business condition changing faster and faster.

The third one is starting to happen now. And the third one is let’s do for human to human communication what spreadsheets did for financial planning and what desktop publishing did for publishing. Let’s revolutionize it using these desktop devices. And we’re already starting to see the signs of that. As an example in an organization, we’re starting to see that as business conditions change faster and faster with each year, we cannot change our management hierarchical organization very fast relative to the changing business conditions. We can’t have somebody working for a new boss every week. We also can’t change our geographic organization very fast. As a matter of fact even slower than the management one. We can’t be moving people around the country every week. But we can change an electronic organization like that. And what’s starting to happen is as we start to link these computers together with sophisticated networks and great user interfaces, we’re starting to be able to create clusters of people working on a common task in a.. literally in fifteen minutes worth of setup. And these fifteen people can work together extremely efficiently no matter where they are geographically. And no matter who they work for hierarchically. And these…