Every once in a while you meet a person that you size up as a person who has a long term plan for themselves. When I watch the video above, Steve Jobs seems like one of those people. This short clip already shows hits of what it is he wanted. He wanted a machine that is there to assist you with all of your mental needs. At the time it wasn’t feasible to make a computation device that we can all carry around, but today we have that power. It is the iPhone that Jobs really wanted to ultimately make. The iPhone is truly the bicycle of the mind.
Computers are very good at one type of thing; computing. Their motherboards are riddled with our logic impressed upon them. If a mechanical computer (not what we use today, however, there are still some very strong connections to these older types) makes a calculation error it’s because the logic gates are not set up correctly. These logic boards are control our devices. We use what we know about nature and have our computers act upon those. For example, the behavior of light has been modeled mathematically. This is good for us because we can now use a computer to correctly and precisely control pixels. Want a white pixel? Have the computer calculate the right frequency of blue-green-red pixels and you got white. You want tan? Same story.
This is great but it’s something that we’ve found is correctly and precisely modeled by math. A lot of things that humans do have not been so correctly modeled yet. (Don’t let this make you think we won’t, I think the information we’re feeding social networks and other places will ultimately lead to some very accurate mathematical “human-models“.) Basically, we’re a tough nut to crack, but we do things that are pretty easy to track mathematically based on some facts about us as individuals. Here comes the Apple iPhone, your Personal Trainer.
One day our iPhones might tell us what to do and when to do it. Is this good? I think it is, but like any other thing, moderation is key. Having a computer tell you when to do something that you are interested in doing may be helpful.
Apple wants your phone to tell you when to go to the gym and what to do when you’re there. It also wants to tell you when to eat and what to eat. You’d have a trainer in pocket. This is a real cool idea. My favorite part about it is that you are able to compete with your friends. Who doesn’t want to compete with friends? Also, who wants to be ostracized by friends? If you say you’re working out and they see you aren’t anywhere close to the gym or that you’ve logged X number of hours but your log says differently… you get my drift.