Imagine my surprise when while wandering through the beautiful and historic streets of Prague, I stumbled upon the Apple Museum. This is a private collection of Apple, Pixar, and Next products dating from 1976 to 2012. The museum follows the life of Steve Jobs and how his vision changed the world. All proceeds from the entrance fees are donated to charity.
The museum was closed when I came across it and I did not end up going back, but it did make me reflect on how appreciative I am of Steve Jobs and of ALL those who had and have a vision of the future and what computer technology and the internet can do for mankind.
When I think about it, without the world wide web and the smartphone and laptop technology, I would not have been able to embark on this adventure of mine or at least embark as easily as I did.
With the click of a mouse I am perusing hundreds of options for air, train or boat travel and with another click I am booking Airbnb or Couchsurfing accommodations. E-tickets make traveling a breeze when a printer isn’t available to print out a boarding pass or ticket.
I can easily research the cities I am planning to visit by going to city websites or downloading apps to my smartphone. I can find my way around a city once I am there with GPS or online maps.
With my smartphone I can take excellent high quality photographs and videos that with just a couple of light taps on a screen I can share with my friends all around the world.
I can easily stay in touch with my family and old and new friends and even talk on the phone long distance for free.
I can still take care of banking and the many other duties that continue on whether you are home or not.
And best of all, I can share my stories (like this one!) with all of you!
When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the world over mourned the loss of such a brilliant talent and of what could have been. Steve Jobs made such an impact on the world, that four years later in 2015 the renowned street artist Banksy portrayed Steve Jobs in a powerful mural in Calais, France called “The Jungle”. It is a statement showing that contrary to the belief that immigrants are a drain on society, Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian migrant and the co-creator of Apple. a company which employs thousands of people around the world and pays billion dollars in taxes, only exists because years ago the United States government let in a young man from Syria.
Yes, thank you Steve Jobs and to all those who are continuing his legacy.