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Steve Jobs' Liberal Arts and the Humanities 2016-04-28 오전 1:28:00

Among numbers of quotes from famous people, no match can be made with Steve Jobs'.
When Steve Jobs closed the January, 2010 introduction of the iPad, he showed a very impressive slide:

He added remark on this slide :
The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts. To be able to get the best of both. To make extremely advanced products from a technology point of view, but also have them be intuitive easy-to-use, fun-to-use, so that they really fit the users. The users don’t have to come to them, they come to the user. And it’s the combination of these two things that I think has let us make the kind of creative products like the iPad.

In the following year, at the launching event of iPad 2, he repeated the same slide, and remarked :
So, I’ve said this before, but I thought it was worth repeating. It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing. And, no where is that more true than in these post-PC devices. And a lot of folks in this tablet market are rushing in and they’re looking at this as the next PC. The hardware and the software are done by different companies, and they’re talking about speeds and feeds just like they did with PCs. And our experience and every bone in our body says that that is not the right approach to this. That these are post PC devices that need to be even easier to use than a PC. They need to be even more intuitive than a PC. And where the software and hardware and the applications need to intertwine in an even more seamless way than they do on a PC. And we think we’re on the right track with this. We think we have the right architecture not just in silicon but in the organization to build these kinds of products. And so I think we stand a pretty good chance at being pretty competitive in this market, and I hope that what you’ve seen today gives you a pretty good feel for that.

Still yet, what is his standpoint on liberal arts, that is, what did he indicate as liberal arts. Some say that his liberal arts is the humanities including phylosophy, literature, and history, while some say that he has just referred to understanding on human. After he has passed away, a lot of analytic publication have been followed on his remarks, especially on liberal arts.

Among those, an analysis based on his interview in the past, seem to have advocate. The analysis says that his understanding on liberal arts is the average people's essential knowledge.

"In my perspective ... science and computer science is a liberal art, it's something everyone should know how to use, at least, and harness in their life. It's not something that should be relegated to 5 percent of the population over in the corner. It's something that everybody should be exposed to and everyone should have mastery of to some extent, and that's how we viewed computation and these computation devices."

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