Steve Jobs: A Technology Guy For the Rest of Us

10/5/11

It’s impossible to overstate Jobs’s contributions.

First, monumental contributions to design. Design is at least as much about what to omit as it is about what to include, and Jobs was a master of both. As you saw in the New York Times last month, Jobs’s design patents ranged from the Mac Air, the iPhone, and the iPad to power adapters and the glass staircase in the NYC Apple Store.

Second, he made monumental contributions to business models. The iTunes store. The app store. The iPhone. These have revolutionized the music industry, the software industry, and the telecommunications industry.

Honestly, there has been no one like him.

Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems. Follow @

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