Will Steve Jobs Be Remembered Half a Century From Now?

Will Steve Jobs Be Remembered Half a Century From Now?

No matter what your opinion of Steve Jobs is, as a businessman and a human being, there's no denying the impact he's had on technology and, in particular, his ability to mass market high-tech items and permeate the mainstream audience, creating a consumer culture like we've never seen before. But how will he be remembered 50 years from now?

He won't be remembered at all, according to Malcom Gladwell, who told CNN in an interview that Windows superstar Bill Gates is far more likely to leave a lasting impression on the consciousness of society.

"Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs," Gladwell said.


In contrast, Gladwell believes "there will be statues of Bill Gates across the Third World." It has nothing to do with Windows versus Mac OS X or Microsoft versus Apple. It's all about the money and how it's used. Bill Gates, as you know, is all about his philanthropy efforts these days, and Gladwell thinks the amount of money being funneled through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lends itself to long-lasting accomplishments, ones that will be remembered for years to come.

"There's a reasonable shot that -- because of his money -- we will cure malaria," Gladwell told CNN.

As Gladwell pictures it, 50 years from now nobody will remember Microsoft, but they'll certainly remember Bill Gates and his charitable efforts. And Steve Jobs? "He was an extraordinarily brilliant businessman and entrepreneur," Gladwell says, but not someone who created the same kind of lasting legacy as his archrival.
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Steve who?

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i would say no he would not, he is well known in his time for his new products. But now that hes gone i barely hear about him or even remember him most the time unless something like this comes up xD.

As for the Microsoft thing, idk i might remember it as the good old days i had with it xD

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Only time will tell, even if Gladwell's "logic" makes sense on initial observation. It's just hard to predict the future, I don't know why people try. Flying cars by the year 2000, anyone? And I'm still on the ground...

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Agreed... I I disagree that Steve Jobs will be forgotten, though I think history will be much kinder to Gates, as he has been to his fellow man.

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I don't know why people try. Flying cars by the year 2000, anyone? And I'm still on the ground

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50 years from now Jobs will be forgotten, but only because the ones who knew of him while he was the hot topic will all have Alzheimer's, unless Gates cures that too. :P

I doubt schools will teach about him. They are more likely to teach about Gates because let's face it, more schools use and teach Microsoft products. Actually, now that I think about it, I was taught about Gates in school - elementary, highschool and college. Yet the only time I heard about Jobs was by reading tech sites when I was old enough to be interested in such things.

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