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Uncanny Steve Jobs?

January 3, 2012

So just when we were done honoring Steve Jobs, here he is, “immortalized” in the uncanny valley of the action figure.

The LA Times adds, “The prototype also includes two extra pair of hands in case you lose the first pair… also comes with two pairs of glasses, one black turtleneck, one pair of blue jeans, one black leather belt, two apples (one with a bite out) and one hard backdrop reading “ONE MORE THING.”

Is this a fitting memorial, or just creepy? What if the “figure” were to claim it’s uploaded the real deal?

  1. January 4, 2012 3:00 pm

    Don’t believe it. It’s sterile plastic.If it can’t host bacteria, it’s not human, IMHO.

    • January 4, 2012 10:04 pm

      Now there`s a new test that’s interesting. If it feeds microbes, it’s alive?

  2. Frank permalink
    January 5, 2012 7:09 pm

    I don’t get the completely out of proportion reaction to Jobs’ death. When Americans were surveyed about his most important contribution the number one response was iTunes. Jobs was a pioneer in shipping American jobs overseas. I don’t find that in any way admirable.

    • January 5, 2012 7:46 pm

      You’re right that Apple was no better than other companies with regard to overseas jobs. Here is a case where Jobs himself apparently ignored a problem at a Chinese factory making touchscreens:

      I think what people remember Jobs for is the early innovations that defined what our personal PCs look like now. One was the “mouse,” which used to mean a small furry animal. The first mouse was on a failed Apple computer called Lisa. The Lisa failed but the mouse lived on. Another was of course Windows. We take for granted how windows pop up and open.

      A good science fiction question: How else might a PC look if some other company arose instead, the Orange?

  3. Frank Caesar Branchini permalink
    January 8, 2012 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the perspective on Jobs. I didn’t know he created the mouse or Windows. This is more substantive than iTunes and the iPod. Those seem like pretty shallow reasons for an outpouring of national mourning.

    • January 8, 2012 8:55 pm

      I should clarify that by “windows” I meant the original Mackintosh version of a “graphical user interface,” which Bill Gates blatantly copied to make Windows for IBM PC.
      According to Wikipedia, this is the earliest version of the Mackintosh interface, in 1984:

      Gates came out with his Windows 1.0 copy the next year, but it took another decade for the Gates-IBM Windows to reach a level considered comparable. I remember all that as “now, today.” It’s hard to believe all that’s history now.

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