And one more thing…

I’m guessing that by now most people (at least most people who follow the world of tech) will be fairly saturated with what Steve Jobs supposedly bought to the world and you either buy into the hype of how he created a “dent in the universe” and changed several industries or you don’t (I do by the way).  However, in the spirit of Steve Jobs presentations when launching new products, I read “one more thing” that caught my eye this week.

Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs biographer, was at IBM’s Impact customer conference in Las Vegas last week and was interviewed by Tod Watson here. Isaacson is working on a new book on the information revolution and was asked by Watson to share some of the themes of his upcoming book. Isaacson’s reply could have almost been tailor made for what we are trying to do with our ideas behind versatilism. Here is what he says:

“One major theme, which is the theme of the Steve Jobs book and everything else I’ve written, which is innovation comes where there’s an intersection between the arts and the sciences. When there’s an intersection between poetry and microprocessors. Where a great feel for beauty and design is connected with a great feel for technology and engineering.”

This is soooo nice, it sums up exactly what this blog is about and what we think versatilism is. Steve Jobs himself, in one of Apple’s product launches, stood in front of a screen with a picture of a signpost showing the intersection of “technology” and the “liberal arts”, something he believed in passionately and which he strove to follow throughout his life.

Another nice illustration of this idea is  this drawing by Hugh Macleod from his gapingvoid blog.

He calls it “the processor as an expression of human potential” and it is this nice combination of the processor as a piece of abstract art that really resonates. As Isaacson goes on to say in the interview:

“The computer and the Internet are the two most important inventions of the modern era. And yet most people don’t know how poetic, ingenious, and creative the people who invented those things were.”

Versatilism is about unlocking the innate creativity we all have within us and using it to create art for ourselves and for others. It’s interesting of course that the very things Isaacson mentions (the computer and the Internet) have also given us both the means and the medium for expressing and disseminating this creativity like never before.

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