November 2: A bicycle for our minds
Steve Jobs' thoughts on how a bicycle and a computer both amplify human abilities.
Source: Computer History Museum
Published: circa 1980
A bicycle for our minds
“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet by measuring the energy required to move a kilometer. The condor [a species of bird] won as it used the least energy to fly a kilometer; humans [had] a rather unimpressive showing.
But fortunately, someone was insightful enough to test a human on a bicycle, which blew the condor off the charts!
This shows that humans are tool makers that can amplify their abilities. And that’s what a computer is to me. A computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
- Steve Jobs
Did you appreciate the fact today?