Everybody knows that Steve Jobs was a hell of a visionary, but every once in a while, we're reminded that the Apple co-founder wasn't years ahead of his time. He was decades ahead.
On Tuesday, tech blogger Marcel Brown posted what he described as the "lost Steve Jobs speech of 1983," an hour-long dispatch from the obscure International Design Conference in Aspen. It's no mystery that Jobs attended the conference and said some smart things. However, it is the first time the speech has been posted online in its entirety. Evidently, a video recording of the speech is non-existant and for the past 20 years, only 20 minutes of the speech had been recovered. Lucky for you, fanboy, one of Brown's former clients attended the conference and held on to the audio cassette recording of the speech that was handed out to the small audience after Jobs's talk.
It's a long talk, but it's fascinating -- regardless of whether or not you're a Jobs junkie. And this particular conference was apparently a pretty formative experience for Jobs himself. Walter Isaacson wrote about Jobs' experience at the conference just last month and said it was there that Steve Jobs "was exposed to the clean and functional approach of the Bauhaus movement, which was enshrined by Herbert Bayer in the buildings, living suites, sans-serif font typography and furniture on the Aspen Institute campus."